What is the law on this topic? Got a few rock piles that we Sheephead fish on inside of 3 miles that we have been catching small RS
on. Just wanting to know the law for inside of 3 miles here on the East coast?
20 inch minimum, two per harvester, open year-round...Not many legal size in state waters but a few big ones are caught each year off the southeast coast.
Forgot to ask what if they say you didn't catch it withing the three miles. GPS track tells the tale but, there the ones with the ticket book!
It is crazy that we have 2 different regulations for many fish. I'm looking at fishing mangroves in FEDERAL waters this year - limit is 10 vs 5 in state waters. I just need to travel straight from the ramp to federal waters to fish. If I stop in state waters, I can't keep 10 but can only keep 5.
Clear your old GPS tracks and only have the current one on there - stay inside 3 miles that day and you're golden. If I could go out and catch a bunch of sheeps along with some snapper, I'd be all over it.
Another thing to do is to keep your mouth and cooler shut - many folks who see or hear about red snapper being kept will report you and then you'll have to fight prejudice instilled in the LEO.
If you just get stopped, then show the lone track on the GPS and point to the hard copy of the regulations that you have with you. It will go easier than if some jealous fellow sends the LEO to arrest the guy with "illegal fish".
Rich M..... I'm somewhat of a novice on state vs, federal water regs, but your post seems like very solid advice. Thanks.
I would suggest taking a couple of cell vids while someone is hooked up / upon landing fish, and including a shot of the coords from the plotter
No need to prove innocence
still waiting for a FWC officer to comment. Thanks for input.
I think you figured it out.
Yep like fishing with no bait!
Though the thread said SA Coker would answer questions? Hello
Special Agent Coker is not with the FWC, he works for the Feds (NOAA) and generally defers in State questions.
Agent Coker may have retired though as I haven't seen a post from him in a while but maybe not.
“Everyone behaves badly--given the chance.”
― Ernest Hemingway
No need to prove innocence
Reef Bandit said:
Gentlemen, IF you catch a red snapper in State Waters, you can keep it providing it is over 20". IF you catch one in Federal waters, it must be released. IF you decide to risk it and get pulled over, you better tell the officer that you caught it in state waters. If he asks to see your GPS, simply tell him "No thank you". Without a search warrant, he cannot go into your GPS. I say this not to get people to break the law, I say this because when it comes to red snappers, there is such an abundance of them and all the powers that be don't want to admit to it. IMO we should be allowed to keep a couple year round but until they open it, I freely condone people using the rules to their advantage. If you don't believe what I just typed, ask Coker or any FWC officer "Are you allowed to go into my GPS without my permission"? If the boarding officer doubts your story, he'll ask you "How deep did you catch them? and "Can I see your GPS to see your track line?" Simply answer "No"