Need real FWC guidance
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.