Of all the fish we catch, bluefin are known for being one of the toughest to catch.
Unlike the Nat Geo show Wicked Tuna, we don’t usually catch bluefin that are more than 100 lbs. However, it often takes a light fluorocarbon leader and small hooks to get them to bite. Then you find yourself battling a very hard fighting fish on light line. I’ve seen several times where we come upon vast schools, only to pick off a few fish. That is why it’s very hard to fathom why further restrictions are needed for them.
However, fisheries regulators are looking to do exactly that, which will drastically cut bag limits on this fish. Find out the reasoning why in this article from San Diego Union-Tribune.
California anglers will be restricted to just two bluefin tuna per day instead of 10, under proposed changes to limits for the popular sportfish.
The Pacific Fishery Management Council – the rule-making body for federal fisheries – voted on Monday to sharply cut the bag limit for bluefin, after reports showed the fishery is collapsing.
It also proposed reducing the number that fishermen may have in their possession from 30 to six.
The council will vote whether to finalize that change at its November meeting in Costa Mesa. In the meantime, council staff will analyze how different bag limits will affect catch levels, and what the socieoeconomic impacts of those changes could be.
Photos: San Diego Union-Tribune (top); Fortune Sportfishing (above)