Bluefish

Shape

Synonyms

Pomatomus saltatrix

Edibility

Good, but may contain elevated mercury levels.

Regulations

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  • Bag Limit 3

  • Additional Notes
    No minimum size limit. Effective February 28, 2020, the following interim regulations apply to all recreational vessels fishing for bluefish in federal waters from Maine through Florida: Private Recreational Vessels – Daily bag limit of 3 fish per person; For-Hire Vessels (Party/Charter Permit) – Daily bag limit of 5 fish per person. For more information including where to provide feedback, see Federal Register Atlantic Bluefish Link.

  • Bag Limit 3

  • Additional Notes
    No minimum size limit. Effective February 28, 2020, the following interim regulations apply to all recreational vessels fishing for bluefish in federal waters from Maine through Florida: Private Recreational Vessels – Daily bag limit of 3 fish per person; For-Hire Vessels (Party/Charter Permit) – Daily bag limit of 5 fish per person. For more information including where to provide feedback, see Federal Register Atlantic Bluefish Link.

  • Bag Limit 3

  • Additional Notes
    No minimum size limit Open year round.

  • Bag Limit 3

  • Additional Notes
    Open season all year. No size limit. The bluefish bag limit includes "snappers". Bag limit increased to 5 bluefish per person for anglers aboard licensed party/charter boats.

  • Bag Limit 3

  • Additional Notes
    No minimum size in Delaware state waters. Open year round. Bluefish daily possession limit is 3 bluefish per recreational angler for private boat anglers and shore-based anglers. Bluefish daily possession limit is 5 bluefish per recreational angler on for-hire charter or head boats.

  • Bag Limit 3

  • Additional Notes
    No size limit. Bag limit increased to 5 bluefish per person per day for recreational anglers fishing from a for-hire vessel during a for-hire trip. Regulations effective May 1, 2020 reduce the recreational bluefish possession limit from 10 fish for all anglers to either 3 or 5 fish depending on fishing mode. This action is consistent with decisions of the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission to reduce coastwide harvest in 2020 so as to not exceed the recreational harvest limit. Massachusetts' recreational bluefish season remains open year-round, with no restriction on the size of bluefish that may be retained. For more information, please visit our website: www.mass.gov/marinefisheries

  • Bag Limit 3

  • Measurements Min Size: 8 in Total Length

  • Additional Notes
    Open year round.

  • Bag Limit 3

  • Additional Notes
    No minimum size limit. Open year round.

  • Bag Limit 3

  • Additional Notes
    No minimum size. Open year round.

  • Bag Limit 10

  • Measurements Min Size: 12 in Fork Length

  • Bag Limit 3

  • Additional Notes
    No minimum size limit. Open year round. No more than 2 treble hooks per lure. No bait with treble hook. It is unlawful to use any hook other than a circle hook when using bait.

  • Bag Limit 3

  • Additional Notes
    No closed season. No minimum size. Bag limit = 5 bluefish per person for party/charter vessels with a valid Federal party/charter vessel permit, and captained by a properly credentialed operator with a valid US Coast Guard endorsement.

  • Bag Limit 3

  • Additional Notes
    No minimum size. Bag limit = 5 per person on for-hire or charter vessels For more information, see Virginia MRC SW Rec Fishing Rules Citation 16 lbs or 36 inches

  • Bag Limit 15

  • Measurements Min Size: 12 in Fork Length

  • Closed Seasons from March 1st, 2020 to April 30th, 2020

  • Additional Notes
    No minimum size. No bag limit. No closed season.

  • Bag Limit 3

  • Bag Limit 3

  • License Required
    Eligible for NC Saltwater Fishing Tournament managed by Division of Marine Fisheries.

  • Additional Notes
    No minimum size. Creel limit for bluefish is set by proclamation see the most recent DMF proclamation at www.ncmarinefisheries.net. The recreational creel limit for bluefish is 3 fish per person per day in all private (non for-hire) recreational fisheries. Recreational anglers engaged on a for-hire vessel can possess up to 5 bluefish per person per day.

  • Additional Notes
    No minimum size. No bag limit. No closed season.

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