Snapshot: New State Angling and Diving Records

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Kevin Scully and his record-breaking bluefin tuna    CDFW file photo

Not one, not two, but three new ocean sport fishing records were logged into the books for tuna last year, along with a new record catch for surfperch!

On June 22, 2016 Kevin Scully speared a 269 lb. 11 oz. bluefin tuna (Thunnus thynnus) off Mission Bay to smash that species’ state diving record. This new record beats Mr. Scully’s previous bluefin tuna record by 84 lb. (yes, he beat his own record, which he set earlier that same year!).

Then, on August 14, 2016 John Correia landed a 245 lb. 0 oz. bluefin tuna on rod and reel to capture the state angling record for that species. Mr. Correia’s fish, which he hooked at 43 Fathom Bank Continue reading “Snapshot: New State Angling and Diving Records”

Reminder: New Tuna Fillet-at-Sea Regulations, Bluefin Tuna Bag Limit In Effect

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Pacific bluefin tuna, Thunnus orientalis

Historically, Pacific bluefin tuna show up in California and Baja California waters each year during the late summer months. Last year, however, these sought-after tuna arrived in good numbers and never left, with 2016 catches occurring in pulses since February. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) reminds anglers that new recreational regulations for Pacific bluefin Continue reading “Reminder: New Tuna Fillet-at-Sea Regulations, Bluefin Tuna Bag Limit In Effect”

Extended Fishing Trips: How Many Tuna Can You Keep?

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Tuna and other sport-caught fish at Fisherman’s Landing, San Diego
CDFW photo by M. Horeczko

Did you know that if you plan an offshore fishing trip lasting more than one consecutive calendar day, and intend to keep bag limits for multiple days, you must file a multi-day fishing trip declaration form with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) before your trip?

As specified in California Code of Regulations (CCR) Title 14, Section 27.15 , a “Declaration for Multi-Day Fishing Trip” form may not be filed for a trip unless the trip is continuous and extends for a period of 12 hours or more on the first and last days of the trip. Also, no berthing or docking is permitted within five miles of the mainland shore during the trip. This is applicable to both private vessels and commercial passenger fishing vessels. Continue reading “Extended Fishing Trips: How Many Tuna Can You Keep?”

Fishing Regulations for Pacific Bluefin Tuna Slated to Change in Summer 2015

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Pacific bluefin tuna.   photo courtesy NOAA

At its April 8, 2015 meeting, the California Fish and Game Commission adopted a reduced two-fish recreational daily bag limit for Pacific bluefin tuna (Thunnus orientalis) as well as new requirements for filleting tuna on vessels south of Point Conception. These regulation changes will conform to new federal regulations and become effective when published in the California Regulatory Notice Register this summer. CDFW anticipates that federal and state regulations will have the same effective date when the final federal rule is published. These recreational fishing regulation changes complement reductions in commercial catch allowances reached through international treaty agreement with the U.S. and other treaty nations. Continue reading “Fishing Regulations for Pacific Bluefin Tuna Slated to Change in Summer 2015”

Sport Fishing Regulations for Pacific Bluefin Tuna Slated to Change in Early 2015

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Physical characteristics for bluefin tuna

Due to concerns over population decline, the National Marine Fisheries Service and the California Fish and Game Commission will be enacting more restrictive sport regulations on Pacific bluefin tuna (Thunnus orientalis) that will become effective later this year.

Both federal and conforming state regulations are expected to be in place by May 2015, as the fishing season kicks off. The 2015 recreational bluefin tuna bag and possession limits and new tuna fillet regulations will take effect once published in the Federal Register (federal) and California Regulatory Notice Register (state). Updated state regulations will be available on the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) website Continue reading “Sport Fishing Regulations for Pacific Bluefin Tuna Slated to Change in Early 2015”