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Old 07-14-2008, 08:40 PM   #1
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I was just wondering if you guys, or how many of you, eat the Marlin and Swordies you catch.. I know there's a big push for catch and release and tagging fish but I'm seeing a lot of pics of dead sailfish on here.



I have yet to catch one and haven't been able to get that involved in trying to catch one...... yet... But I would hate to look like an ass at the dock when I finally get my first. It wouldn't kill me to release one if that's the best thing for future fishing but I will keep it and throw it on the grill if it's good eating and not going to hurt anybody's feelings.



Also, I was searching for the limits on this type of fish and all I found was the Federal Guide that says there's NO LIMIT on most of this type of fish. I found that extremely hard to believe. This guide had Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas, and Florida listed but was the GOM Federal Guide.. Does this apply? I found it through the Alabama site.
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Old 07-14-2008, 08:53 PM   #2
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I would if it was for a tourny.

marlin are great smoked

swordfish i personally dont like but others love

you have to get a HMS permit to be able to kill tuna or any type of billfish
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kill em and grill em
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blue fin you can only kill one a year
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You would have to catch one firstoke:letsparty
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Old 07-14-2008, 09:25 PM   #6
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Blues have to be 99inches.
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Jarhead (7/14/2008).... but I'm seeing a lot of pics of dead sailfish on here.
Where?...I haven't seen any 'dead' sailfish on here. Now, I have seen pics (and I posted one) of people who raise a billfish for a pic, but then release them to fight another day. But, show me some pics of dead sailfish.

Also, I had some smoked blue marlin when I was in Costa Rica...it was Great!
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Jarhead (7/14/2008).... but I'm seeing a lot of pics of dead sailfish on here.




Where?...I haven't seen any 'dead' sailfish on here. Now, I have seen pics (and I posted one) of people who raise a billfish for a pic, but then release them to fight another day. But, show me some pics of dead sailfish.



Also, I had some smoked blue marlin when I was in Costa Rica...it was Great!


I haven't caught one myself, and all that I know I've either seen on TV or heard people talking about so I could be wrong, but...... Each time they've caught one they go on and on about how you have to keep the thing in the water and keep the water flowing through it's gills.. Seeing how much care they take not the have the things gills out of the water gave me the impression that that's how it's done if you intend to release it.. Then, seeing guys holding them up for a pics I figured "those must be keepers.."



Obviously I didn't inspect the thing or check it for a pulse but, Pretty sure they were dead. Not to mention the pics of them on the dock. Maybe that's where they left their camera and they shot right back out and let the fish go... but I doubt it..
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I'm not trash talking, by any means. I'm on here to learn as much as I can from some of you more experienced fishermen, and I've learned a lot in a short period of time. I was just wondering. I have a buddy that's a sailfish junky. It's like crack for this guy. He fishes for nothing else and he showed me some pics of the ones he caught but they were all over the side of his boat with the fish still in the water. I didn't think to ask him because I didn't have a boat at the time and all I knew about offshore fishing was snapper and grouper. Now, these pics are on the boat and looking like they're going in the cooler. Until recently, I thought it was illegal to keep them or a cardinal sin for fishermen.
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