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With all this talk about releasing bigger bass or all bass got me wondering. What else do you release? I surf fish alot so perch and corbina are on the list. I also release all bass even got several legal WSB this yr from shore that I released. I also used to do alot of spearfishing and I will never spear or keep another sheepshead just personal preference. IMO they do more good alive then dead. I know alot of people love eating them. I alos would release any smaller halibut I think it would have to be over 30" for me to consider taking it.


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I release a helluva lot more than I used to.

Man when I think back to my days as a kid, filling a shopping cart
full of Bonito and running them up to TONY'S on the Redondo Monstad
Pier for 25 cents each . . . where have all the good times gone?!
As a kid that was a big pay-day.

We also enjoyed the cat-n-mouse with the harbor patrol knowing each
day the City of Redondo and the Redondo Special 1/2-day boats would
be letting out their remaining bait, usually anchovies, at the dock
where the passengers would unload at the end of their trip.

The Bonito would FOAM and it was on, every single day for years,
then commercialization within the harbor complex, along with other
factors, just shut that bite off permanently / for-good.

I keep my Halibut carcasses and left-over sardines for Lobster bait.
I also eat Halibut cheeks and bellys.
Very little fish is left once I'm done with it.
I try to keep it all in the food chain.

I keep a nice Yellowtail now and then for the belly meat (sashimi).

Any Bluefin I'm lucky enough to get to the boat is also
going to be a candidate for fresh sashimi (MY FAVE).

I release most of the fish I catch.

John.
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I keep only what I am going to eat in next few days. All larger bass go back into the ocean for my son to catch in a few years with the exception of WSB.
 

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>I release a helluva lot more than I used to.
>
>Man when I think back to my days as a kid, filling a shopping
>cart
>full of Bonito and running them up to TONY'S on the Redondo
>Monstad
>Pier for 25 cents each . . . where have all the good times
>gone?!
>As a kid that was a big pay-day.
>
>We also enjoyed the cat-n-mouse with the harbor patrol knowing
>each
>day the City of Redondo and the Redondo Special 1/2-day boats
>would
>be letting out their remaining bait, usually anchovies, at the
>dock
>where the passengers would unload at the end of their trip.
>
>The Bonito would FOAM and it was on, every single day for
>years,
>then commercialization within the harbor complex, along with
>other
>factors, just shut that bite off permanently / for-good.
>
>I keep my Halibut carcasses and left-over sardines for Lobster
>bait.
>I also eat Halibut cheeks and bellys.
>Very little fish is left once I'm done with it.
>I try to keep it all in the food chain.
>
>I keep a nice Yellowtail now and then for the belly meat
>(sashimi).
>
>Any Bluefin I'm lucky enough to get to the boat is also
>going to be a candidate for fresh sashimi (MY FAVE).
>
>I release most of the fish I catch.
>
>John.
>Parker 2320 'FloMar'.

The fond memories of Bonito a plenty in King Harbor. Those were some fun times as a kid growing up...


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I may be a tad older but, we use to sell them to Reds Bait & Tackle on the original straight pier. We would use the money for a hotdog on a stick from Moons, or buy bait tickets from Lymie's.
One ticket for one anchovie. Every once in a while we could get Hawaiian Bill to swallow one alive.
Now as far as releasing goes... I've released two wifes and countless girlfriends, and I am happy to say that most have grown into very large breeders.
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Nice Dave, remind me to stay off your boat.
I release most of what I catch. When fishing I keep only healthy size specimens like halibut, lings (in season of course), yellows, wsb and the ever so tasty......tuna. Occasionally I'll keep a good size Calico. EVERYTHING else goes back. When SCUBA diving, I like to use a pole spear and target large calicos. They have tasty meat and are super elusive. I hate to see people surfacing with large sheephead as well. They do so much more for the reef. It's also about as challenging as spearing a cow. As a youngster, I used to spear anything that moved. For some, it's all about the fish count. I guess the older I get, the less time I want to spend cutting up 1lb surf perch for a meager nightly meal.
Last thursday i went out on my second sport boat trip ever. I have my own boat, but I took out all my nieces & nephews (10 in all).
We were catching sculpin and sandbass. I was tossing all the guppies back into the water and the deck hand saw me doing it and told me not to. I said "these babies aren't worth the meat, let'em grow"!
He said there were people on the boat who would want them, and that they were gonna die anyway. I said " sorry bro, were only in 60' of water and I choose to release the fish I catch". I seems like those sporties only care about counts.
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John...thanks for the education...I stopped reading at "aeresolized particles of feces"....

TJ...Don't play coy...you are the MASTER of lower intestinal gas production....

Dave
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