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Shark Fisherman, Sword Fisherman Amendment 5B!!!!!!!

If you fish for sharks recreationally or sword, better pay attention, read, and comment onamendment 5B,

A couple of years ago, HMS almost passed an amendment that would have made sharks limited to something like 80 inches. The reason is that apparently we can't tell the difference between a blacktip and a Dusky shark.

I attended that HMS meeting and asked the question of how many Duskey sharks did we catch,since they have been illegal for years.

The answer was 1!!!! of course they mulitplied that by some statistical BS number and think we are the reason Dusky is endangered or at least over fished.

Well, we shot that one down but here it is again.

If you have an HMS permit and you recreational shark fish, you may soon need a shark endorsement.

Worse, is if you fish for anything and use wire leader or a 200 lb + mono leader, with natural bait, you are assumed to be a shark fisherman and have to use a circle hook if the amendment passes (it will)

This is my first take, just reading the first notice on the rulemaking.

So effectively if they pass it as written, you will have to use a cirle hook to swordfish if you use 200# mono because the rule says you are shark fishing.

Not yet sure how it works yet if you fish from shore or a pier.

If you catch a shark and don't have a circle hook, you HAVE TO cut the leader,

Read the rule, make your own determination. I will read it more closely and let you know my take.

With this rule, if you shark fish, you have some big changes, like a shark endorsement and have to take an online class to identify sharks, otherwise its release only.

Wake up, read it, comment on it!

This is rule making by people who don't fish and are reacting to a lawsuit.


  • drgibbydrgibby Posts: 2,016 Captain
    Thanks for the heads-up!
  • conchydongconchydong Posts: 15,488 AG
    It never stops. Even trolling a large natural bait for Marlin etc. could fall under this proposed rule. Am I correct?

    “Everyone behaves badly--given the chance.”
    ― Ernest Hemingway

  • CountryBumpkinCountryBumpkin Posts: 1,893 Captain
    Yes you are correct that they never think thru the entire ramifications of what they pass. We already have one silly one I can use as an example.

    If you are in the Atlantic north of Melbourne Fl. and trying to catch a tomtate grunt or similar for bait on a sabiki rig. If you tip that rig with squid or any natural bait, it needs to be circle hook sabiki because technically "the circle hooks only with bait for all fish in the reef fish complex", applies to about 70 or so different species of bottom dwellers.

    They take all the fun out of fishing when they make you an unsuspecting law breaker.

    But perhaps that is the underlying intent of some.:shrug
  • The interpretation is correct. I actually think it is not a plan to "get" us, just a problem with the people that make these rules know very little about how we fish.

    I am reviewing and will post more once I fully understand the way it is written vs the intent.

  • pretenderpretender Posts: 148 Deckhand
    that is really going to screw up all the swordfish and wahoo guys. I use J hooks on all my sword gear

    Will that apply to my kingfish wire?
  • pretenderpretender Posts: 148 Deckhand
    I read the amendment. It would only apply to recreational fisherman with an HMS AND shark endorsement. With an HMS and NO shark endorsement the rules do not change. It doesn't apply to commercial fisherman at all unless you have a longline permit, or directed shark permit.

    I only see this only effecting people that recreationally shark fish from a boat.
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