2020 LDWF Recreational Fishing Regulations - Page 30



SALTWATER FISHING
IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT BRINGING YOUR
SALTWATER CATCH TO SHORE
All saltwater finfish in the possession of a
recreational angler must have the head and
caudal fin intact until set on shore. Garfish
may have the head and caudal fin removed
prior to the fish being on shore as long as a
sufficient patch of skin that clearly identifies
the fish remains on the fish.
EXCEPTION: Tuna, swordfish and shark
possessed by a recreational angler must not
be skinned or scaled until set or put on
shore. Tuna that meet minimum size
requirements may have the head removed
if the carcass length is in excess of the minimum total length. See Lengths on page 18.
Fillets may not be possessed on the water,
except for the purpose of consumption at
sea aboard the harvesting vessel. An individual must not have more than 2 pounds
of finfish parts per person in state waters,
or more than 1.5 pounds of finfish parts
per person in federal waters, on board the
vessel, provided that the vessel is equipped
to cook finfish and that the finfish does not
exceed applicable bag limits. These provisions do not apply to bait species.
Saltwater finfish caught or transported by a
recreational fisherman are presumed to
have been caught in Louisiana waters, for
license requirements.
All regulations regarding these species
apply whether caught in freshwater or saltwater areas.
FILLETS EXCEPTION:
A fisherman who holds and is in possession
of a valid recreational fishing license and
can demonstrate to the department’s satisfaction use of a boat launch located south
of U.S. Hwy 90 and that the fisherman has
been actively on the water or at a remote
camp that can be accessed only by water
for two days or more may possess up to the
possession limit of filleted red drum, spotted seatrout, and southern flounder. The
filleted fish shall have sufficient skin
remaining on the fillet to allow for identification of the species and shall be segregated by species into plastic bags or plastic
containers that are marked by species to
allow for easy identification, the date
caught, and the name and license number
of the person who took the fish. The spotted sea trout fillets shall be no less than 10
inches in length and the red drum fillets
shall be no less than 14 inches in length.
The fish shall be in possession only of the
person who took the fish. However, no
fisherman shall be actively fishing or
engaged in fishing while in possession of
more than the daily take limit.
REQUIRED ONBOARD GEAR FOR FISHING IN GULF OF MEXICO
FEDERAL WATERS
Louisiana state waters extend 9 nautical miles
(10.357 statute miles or 3 marine leagues)
seaward from the nearest land, but in some
cases extend further. The EEZ is described as
waters that extend seaward from that point
out to 200 miles from the coast.
Recreational anglers onboard a vessel to
fish for or possess Gulf reef fish in the Gulf
of Mexico EEZ must possess onboard and
use the required gear as specified below.
These devices are required because they
reduce mortality on released fish. See page
16 for tips on safely releasing fish.
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NON-STAINLESS STEEL CIRCLE HOOKS
Non-stainless steel circle hooks are required
when fishing with natural baits for reef fish.
DEHOOKING DEVICE
At least one dehooking device is required
on board and must be used to remove
hooks embedded in Gulf reef fish with
minimum damage. The device must be constructed to allow the hook to be secured
and the barb shielded without reengaging
during the removal process. The dehooking
end must be blunt and all edges rounded.
The device must be of a size appropriate to
secure the range of hook sizes and styles
used in the Gulf reef fishery.
2019 Louisiana Fishing Regulations

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