“Everyone behaves badly--given the chance.”
― Ernest Hemingway
Jerk... (lighten up, just because I showed a pic doesn't mean I didn't have info prior to taking, just might not have been good info) Just started a conversation about a fish that is always a controversy! I am sure you are "holier than thou", and never took a fish that you shouldn't have! clarkefishing said:
Not Banded Rudderfish, not Almaco. I don't believe it's a Lesser. Almost looks like a really small Greater AJ. Point is, we don't know, and I believe in the Atlantic waters Greater AJs need to be at least 28" to the fork. Call me a jerk, but it's incredibly stupid to keep fish when you don't know the regulations or even not sure what the species is. No one here knows for sure the species, and a lot of actual FWC or marine officers can't tell the difference between an AJ and an Almaco. They can easily pull you over and write you a ticket for having an illegal fish. Not worth it.
I say......I say son.......new & improved my tail feathers.