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jewfish legal or not

PostPosted: Fri Apr 15, 2011 6:44 pm
by cantseeme47
what do u guys think?

Re: jewfish legal or not

PostPosted: Fri Apr 15, 2011 7:00 pm
by fishing female
They aren't currently legal, but the population is getting too large. I don't agree with one per person per day. Maybe they could do that during a short season. How the heck can anybody eat a whole monster jewfish anyway? :?

Re: jewfish legal or not

PostPosted: Fri Apr 15, 2011 7:17 pm
by PhishingPhanatic
Should be a tag system like there is for tarpon. $50 a pop and limit it to 1 or 2 per person/year. No spearfishing either, they are too dumb and will get wiped out again if you can spear them.

Re: jewfish legal or not

PostPosted: Fri Apr 15, 2011 7:46 pm
by gruntking
PhishingPhanatic wrote:Should be a tag system like there is for tarpon. $50 a pop and limit it to 1 or 2 per person/year. No spearfishing either, they are too dumb and will get wiped out again if you can spear them.


Agreed 100%

Re: jewfish legal or not

PostPosted: Fri Apr 15, 2011 7:48 pm
by fishnfool73
One a person with a slot of say 33 - 47 inches and then tweak the slot a few inches one way or the other every few years to keep the population healthy.

Re: jewfish legal or not

PostPosted: Fri Apr 15, 2011 9:48 pm
by crashmister
PhishingPhanatic wrote:Should be a tag system like there is for tarpon. $50 a pop and limit it to 1 or 2 per person/year. No spearfishing either, they are too dumb and will get wiped out again if you can spear them.

I agree Rory. They gotta do something, the wreck's my kid dives weekly are decimated by goliath's. They eat everything in sight. They move into a populated reef or wreck and within a week or so they are the only fish left. Kill tag's and size limit's are probably the best way to manage them.

Re: jewfish legal or not

PostPosted: Fri Apr 15, 2011 10:00 pm
by cantseeme47
i was watchin a roland martin episode and they were trying to pull up the fish as fast as they could cuz the jewfish were after them

Re: jewfish legal or not

PostPosted: Mon Feb 11, 2013 3:14 pm
by snook123
Should be just like tarpon, in my oppinion.

Re: jewfish legal or not

PostPosted: Mon Feb 11, 2013 3:15 pm
by snook123
oops didn't see how old the thread is

Re: jewfish legal or not

PostPosted: Wed Jan 22, 2014 10:16 pm
by dave c
Don't worry about how old the thread is, I just saw it now too, but I have heard the Fwc is considering this. My opinion, after living here since 1970 is to protect one species for a long time, especially an apex predator, will eventually tip the balance of power. I believe even the best scientists we have could not figure out what a jewfish, oops I am sorry, Goliath Grouper, even looks like. I think protecting the largest ones of the species and making some kind slot limit that includes the smaller ones along with a kill permit or stamp may be a good start. Only if the money is used for all grouper research and not wasted. Just remember to take the scientistists and Fwc with a grain of salt, just look at the current lionfish problem we have in which the only answer is to spear our way out of it.

Re: jewfish legal or not

PostPosted: Thu Jan 23, 2014 9:56 am
by swordfish
I agree wholesomely, place a slot on them, they are VERY long living fish and breed throughout their lives. Make it the lower end of size, the smaller one will always taste better anyway, if we go by the same rule as snapper and other pelagics. They really have very very few natural predators, and they are, after a certain size THE apex predator.

-swordfish

Re: jewfish legal or not

PostPosted: Fri Jan 24, 2014 12:18 pm
by joenofishhere
PhishingPhanatic wrote:Should be a tag system like there is for tarpon. $50 a pop and limit it to 1 or 2 per person/year. No spearfishing either, they are too dumb and will get wiped out again if you can spear them.


Yup 1-3 tags for $50 once a year would be perfect. Better make them count. :)

Re: jewfish legal or not

PostPosted: Fri Jan 24, 2014 5:21 pm
by krash
Did'nt they get rid of the $50.00 Tarpon kill tag ?

Why no spearfishing they are no dumber than hog-snapper or most groupers.. problem is sighting one in a slot while spearfishing.

I would vote for a slot limit, no need for special permits.. there are plenty of them around, but like Snook a well maintained slot size should work.