This may sound trivial but I don’t want to get cited even when trying to play by the rules. And before anyone says “just do it, it’s a big ocean”, following the rules is the way our boat runs (a career in LE tends to make me live that way). I have also been seeing a lot of LE all over out there which I am glad to see. (Be safe out there gents). Here goes:
If I am fishing offshore and catch a fish that will make good ceviche (family loves it), can I filet and make/eat the ceviche while still offshore? I’ve read on fish app that most fish (with minimum size limits) must be landed with head/fins intact so that made me wonder. I understand the need to prove the size of fish so if I kept the carcass am I ok? The removal of filets obviously won’t change the LOA of the fish.
This week I called the FWC and, after plenty of “let me check” responses (they were very helpful, it’s just a weird question) I was advised not to do it. I’ve seen it done by a couple guides in S. Fla but FWC said they may have different rules for guides.
Can I get a definitive answer? The brood was very hangry yesterday when I wouldn’t get to producing ceviche. Almost had a mutiny. Thanks.
2016 Everglades 325.
I also think that you got some bad info from whoever you talked to at the FWC office. I never heard of different rules for fishing guides. Regulations are regulations.
“Everyone behaves badly--given the chance.”
― Ernest Hemingway
I think the violation would be when you bring the fish carcass into Florida waters.