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fishing the north

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I guess us spearos have to be bottom feeders. In florida, we are not allowed to spear billfish, sharks, pompano and snook. When they stop us from spearing grouper and snapper I think I'll hang my gun.
Your worst are better than our best!

Ummmm Grouper, thats one tasty fish.
why regulate spearfishing so hard?

Yesterday we were spearfishing and what I found out (again) that spearfishing is not very efficent way to hunt fish... and all those regulations on spearfishing that you guys tell make me wonder is it really that much easier on the other side of the globe??
I don't mean they should allow spearos to kill any fish they see, but the same fish that is legal for other hunters as well...
is Pearfishing so cruel way to fish or why...:confused:
Happy hunting

Is spearing Billfish illegal in entire USA ? No wonder very few bill fish turned up in USA based record.

It is definetely illegal in Florida but I do not know about the rest of the states (every state has its own regulations). The interesting thing is that you can still take them by rod and reel. I guess a guy swimming with a speargun going after a 200+ marlin is a bigger threat to the fishery than a 50' Bertram loaded with crew and anglers. Essentially, any fish that is considered "trophy" for fishing in florida is excluded from spearing (redfish, snook or robolo, permit, pompano). I am not sure about federal waters (state waters go out to 3 miles). Maybe you can spear billfish there.
frogman, so if you purchased the fishing licence(line fishing)that allows you to take a billfish(to have a dead one in boat legally)and you threw a fishing rod in for appearances ,the F&G wardens would still press charges?this was my argument with local F&G ,they stated that if you were within the size&daily quota limits you would not likely be charged ,but remember i do live up here in the middle of nowhere so as JMD said it may not apply . Stu Newton
It is not that easy. Any time they see a speared fish they assume that it was taken by spearing. The definition of spearing does not only include spearguns but spears that may be thrown from a boat. I guess you ought to have a pretty expensive rig to pass for a rod-and-line angler coming in with a big billfish (an expense that most spearos are not willing to use for a decoy). The spearholes may me tough to explain (but officer that's where I gaffed it!).
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