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Went out on the PrimeTime with Capt Bob out of Cape May NJ.
The crew was my brother Ismael, my brother inlaw Chris, my freind Jim
and myself. We fished on lumps in 125ft of water around 40miles out.

From the firts drop it was just awesome, in all we went 11 for 15 with many
other hits, we caught fish up to 125#.

I had my personal best day as far as big fish, i went 6 for 10
3 fish in the 100# class, and 1 125#

My 125# on a Andaman jig.

Another.

Another 100#

Hots Wei World coupled with a Stella 20000SW
 

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Jflores,

Congratulations. Those are some nice tuna.

Let me ask you a question about fishing off the east coast. I am confused about the limits and what the boat keeps and what size you can keep. Also, I've read where you can't clean your own fish, fish cleaning houses have to do it for you. Can you or someone from up east please explain the rules.
 

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Mr. Bill You cannot clean fish at sea. You have to bring them back so the catches can be regulated. Charter and headboat are allowed one bluefin per trip/per vessel at a curved fork length of 27- less than 47" and one per vessel per trip at 47" to less than 73" anythign over 73" is property of the boat and is allowed to be sold if they hold the correct permits and if your ish is sold if it make$ you dont get a dime unless the capt is very generous when in most cases they will only refund you the price of your trip. you get no profit 99% of the time. Vessels are also allowed to keep one "trophy" fish per year. as for skipjack albies no minumum size and no bag limit bigeye have a minumum size of 27" total curved fork length but no bag limit and yellowfin is same size limit but 3 per person per day bag limit.
 

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newkid: Is that reg about the boat owning the giants a matter of the various state laws or Federal? (If you know--don't go researching it.)

That said, if it is Federal law and someone catches a big one in the Gulf, I guess it would be the same--except that noone would likely have the permits.

Russ
 

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Yea it is federal. The thing about bluefin in the gulf is that its a spawwning area so you cant target them if you accidentally catch one it has to be released but that trophy thing goes for GOM I believe each vessel can keep one bluefin per year if its caught on accident you cant go out and target them.
 

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The lump fishing should be coming up soon enough.

I have a trip going out the 18th of July, Cape May, NJ. That is actually where I caught my first bftuna.

Great stuff! The season is upon us
 

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Very nice John!

toppuntawong,

Thank you, it shouldent be long now, as the BFT are starting to show
on the lumps off Cape May;)
 

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My friend got a 165 lbs bluefin on troll at Hambone yesterday.
It is just matter of time when they respond to baits and jigs.
 
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