2009 Bluefin Tuna Season Regulations
June 1st is the official start to the 2009 Atlantic Bluefin Tuna Season.
Make sure your permits are up to date for the correct category you plan to fish this year, and all your safety gear is in working condition.
There will be EXTENSIVE VESSEL MONITORING on Stellwagon Bank as well as in Cape Cod Bay and the backside of Cape Cod. Captains are also required to report ALL catches to National Marine Fisheries for correct catch numbers, if you do not report your catches it will only hurt the Angling Category in the long run.
As of right now the Angling category is limited to 1 Fish per Boat per Day from 27”- 47” AND 1 Fish Between 47″- 73″(Curved Fork Length!). You are also allowed 1 Trophy Fish over 73” per Year, not to be combined with any other catch!
Currently the Commercial General Category is limited to 3 Large Mediums or Giants over 73” (Curved Fork Length) per Boat per Day. Boats must be equipped with necessary safety gear (check regulations.)
Currently Longliners are reporting there are Massive Schools of Bluefins in the 150-200lb range 120 miles off the Northern Carolina Coast heading north fast. GET YOUR GEAR READY AND RIG HEAVY!!