Greater Amberjack Recreational Bag Limits, Recreational Seasonal Quotas, and Commercial Trip Limits (Responses)
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4/5/2018 14:35:31Testtest@gulfcouncil.orgTampa, FL 33604OtherTEST
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4/16/2018 14:56:09Benjamin Kelleymisskelley29@aol.comPanama City Beach, FL
Charter/Headboat For-Hire
My name is Benjamin Kelley and I have been in the charter fishing business here in Panama City Beach, FL for 34 years. I am writing representing my family business "Miss Kelley Fishing Charters".
The greater amberjack is now the most important fish to our marina in the spring of the year. Without red snapper or gag grouper open, and the depletion of red grouper the only big fish that people come to our area in the spring to fish for is Amberjacks. I do understand the importance of protecting and not overfishing the amberjacks but we do need at least one or two months to be able to work and pay bills before the summer season. My recommendation
SPLIT THE AMBERJACK QUOTA (50% SPRING, 50% FALL) MAKE SURE ACCOUNTABILITY MEASURES ARE SPLIT AS WELL
DO ONE FISH PER TWO PEOPLE SO THAT WE DON'T OVERFISH THE QUOTA
CONSIDER APRIL AND MAY IN THE SPRING, SEPTEMBER AND OCTOBER IN THE FALL. NO NEED TO OPEN IN AUGUST WHEN THE TOURISTS ARE HERE

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4/18/2018 9:44:52Bob Zales IIbobzales2@gmail.comFL
Charter/Headboat For-Hire
All,
I will not be present to provide my comments for public testimony so am providing them here. I will be at the meeting all day Wednesday should any of you have any questions.
On greater amberjack I strongly recommend the council adopt a 1 fish for every 2 people bag limit and establish a seasonal quota of 40% of the total recreational quota for May 1 thru 31 and a 60% seasonal quota for Aug 1 thru Oct 31. While your data indicates that it may be possible to have a full season from Aug 1 thru Oct 31 and a May 1 thru 31 season the change in bag limit and setting a seasonal quota will only help to ensure we have complete seasons without exceeding the quota. Part of the rationale in thinking current management criteria will allow for complete Aug thru Oct and a May season is the statement that effort is less in the fall with the most effort during late spring and summer. While this may have been true under past years fishing, the fact that the new season will begin in Aug will most certainly change the effort data. It is a fact that changes in fishery regulations alter angler behavior and by opening amberjack on Aug 1 the most effort will to the fall. Changing the bag limit and adopting season quotas will help ensure a steady fall and spring fishery. The seasonal quota should also include a provision that any overage within one season will be deducted from the next season. In other words any overage in the Aug thru Oct season will be deducted from the next Aug thru Oct season and the same with the may season.
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4/18/2018 16:16:41Gary jonesGaryg11223@aol.comTampa, fl 33619
Private Recreational Angler
You people are stupid, one fish for 2 people?
A 40 day season for red snapper?
You idiots think you own the fish, you dont!!
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4/18/2018 16:22:05Patrick dusennurryTrename@yahoo.comLargo, fl, 33770
Private Recreational Angler, Charter/Headboat For-Hire
How is it you can mandate 1/2 a fish per person this is ridiculous. You can't just catch 1/2 fish the limit has to be 1 or none.
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4/18/2018 16:23:30Manuel Fuertes
JrpinSnook65@gmail.com
33702
Private Recreational Angler
That's a joke to have to share a fish unbelievable
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4/18/2018 16:23:38Manuel Fuertes
JrpinSnook65@gmail.com
33702
Private Recreational Angler
That's a joke to have to share a fish unbelievable
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4/18/2018 16:27:10Chris Fajardo
fajardochris1024@gmail.com
Newport richy fl 34653
Private Recreational Angler
This is ridiculous! I mean seriously half of fish for one person? That means if I catch an amberjack I have to cut them in half or hope there's somebody else on the boat with me that's absolute BS
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4/18/2018 16:29:38Matthew Dillahunty
Matthewdillahunty@gmail.com
Kenneth City, FL 33709
Private Recreational Angler
If the fish cannot sustain a 1 per recreational angler bag limit then you need to revisit your management effectiveness. Reallocation between sectors would make more sense. A half fish bag limit seems idiotic.
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4/18/2018 16:34:08Sara Carter
sara.carter89@yahoo.com
33755
Private Recreational Angler, Charter/Headboat For-Hire
I am opposed to a 1/2 Amberjack bag limit
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4/18/2018 16:38:00Mark Rodriguez
Mrod425 at tampabay.rr.com
Tampa Florida 33613
Private Recreational Angler
I hope that whoever made this ridiculous proposal has been terminated. When are we going to err on the side of Common Sense?
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4/18/2018 16:39:40steve b vaughan
vaughansteve23@yahoo.com
SEMINOLE
Private Recreational Angler
I find the bag limit of 1 amberjack per 2 anglers to be absurd. Your research on the Amberjack stock assessment, or should I say lack of true stock assessment is totally off target. What if I fish by myself? Further limiting the voting, tax paying recreational anglers is a new low. False data is harmful and can result in loss of interest in the fishing revenue due to private anglers just giving up due to over regulating an already healthy abundant amount of amberjack.
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4/18/2018 16:39:46Brian V Patterson
ltcmdropie@yahoo.com
Pinellas Park
Private Recreational Angler
Please do not place this 1/2 fish rule in place this is a rule that would create more problems than is necessary for private fisherman and unfair to the industry as a whole I what my fish and my friend want his too... one fish per person is acceptable and will still maintain stocks for the future.
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4/18/2018 16:40:31Marissa Morton
Marissa8989@gmail.com
Seminole, FL, 33776
Private Recreational Angler
Please do not change the limit to 1/2 per angler. I often fish by myself and this would mean I cannot bring home any of my AJ catch. 1/2 fish per angler is taking regulations too far.
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4/18/2018 16:43:41Devin Guenther
devin.guenther@gmail.com
Winter haven, FL, 33880
Private Recreational Angler
The fractional regulation is a great idea!
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4/18/2018 16:43:42Brian j burghardtBburghardt@live.com
Atlantic beach, do, 32233
Private Recreational Angler, Charter/Headboat For-Hire
I think fractional bag limits are ridiculous.
1 fish per person is fine. Most catch and release anyway. Never have I had a problem hooking a keeper size jack.
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4/18/2018 16:43:48Brian j burghardtBburghardt@live.com
Atlantic beach, do, 32233
Private Recreational Angler, Charter/Headboat For-Hire
I think fractional bag limits are ridiculous.
1 fish per person is fine. Most catch and release anyway. Never have I had a problem hooking a keeper size jack.
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4/18/2018 16:43:51Troy Le
wildtsunami21@yahoo.com
Land O Lakes, FL 34638
Private Recreational Angler
1 Amberjack per 2 anglers is not even possible!!! Take note: how is this even possible? Let's say that I decided to go fishing by myself, am I going to cut the fish in half and keep one portion and throw the other one back in the water? If it were you, you would want one for your family and your friend would want one for their family!! Not half of a fish!!! You politicians must have too much money stacked up in your heads that you guys can no longer think right or have anymore common sense!
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4/18/2018 16:47:33todd boggess
Toddboggess@yahoo.com
tampa, fl, 33619
Private Recreational Angler
Come on guys...this seems ridiculous 2 AJs per 4 anglers...i hate gray areas in recreational sports makes; it to hard to know everything..one fish per angler is simple...keep it simple stupid...
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4/18/2018 16:47:45James Crawford
Jcrawford59fl@gmail.com
Parrish, FL 34219
Private Recreational Angler
Don’t make it 1/2 fish per person. Reduce the season and keep it one fish per person
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4/18/2018 16:49:03Bryan Andersonspeargun@gmail.comSt pete fl 33793
Private Recreational Angler
I’m not in favor of further reducing the recreational bag limit of Amberjack from 1 per person to 1/2 per person, or 1 amberjack for two recreational fishermen on a vessel. This is a very bad idea and does nothing to protect the fishery.
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4/18/2018 16:50:50Taylor Naset
taylor@promarineusa.com
Seminole, Fl 33708
Private Recreational Angler
This is an interesting idea when it comes to amberjack. However, in my experience fishing offshore almost every other weekend the amberjack are extremely thick around just about every wreck you can find.

Maybe a change in size?
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4/18/2018 16:53:23Douglas Higleydhigley@me.comSaint Pete, FL 33709
Private Recreational Angler, Charter/Headboat For-Hire, Commercial Fisher
1/2 fish per person? Come on. Come out on a trip with me and I will show you a healthy stock!
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4/18/2018 16:55:03Colbert A TaylorCaptCobyTaylorPinellas Park, FL33781
Private Recreational Angler
1/2 an Amberjack is absurd.
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4/18/2018 16:56:04Ethan
spradlinethan@yahoo.com
Holiday FL 34690
Private Recreational Angler
There are no shortage of AJ's and thats fact. I strongly disagree with this . I don't normally even fish or spear AJ's but when I'm spearfishing I have schools of 100+ swim by me on every wreck I go to. The population has definitely increased the past couple years.
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4/18/2018 16:57:38David walkerDew79350@gmail.com
Private Recreational Angler
Did I hear correctly, 1/2 AJ per person? That is just not right!!!
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4/18/2018 16:59:36Tom TrainorTetjr11@comcast.netVillages
Private Recreational Angler
No way change what is already in place please
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4/18/2018 16:59:42Jeromy Finegan
Jeromyr22@yahoo.com
Ocala,Florida, 34472
Private Recreational Angler, Charter/Headboat For-Hire
Amberjack are a fish that we catch on a common basis. I don’t see a reason to limit them to 1/2 per person. I believe 1 fish per person is easily sustainable. Lots of people don’t even care to keep them to begin with but for those of us who do I think 1 per person per day is fair.
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4/18/2018 16:59:53Jeromy Finegan
Jeromyr22@yahoo.com
Ocala,Florida, 34472
Private Recreational Angler, Charter/Headboat For-Hire
Amberjack are a fish that we catch on a common basis. I don’t see a reason to limit them to 1/2 per person. I believe 1 fish per person is easily sustainable. Lots of people don’t even care to keep them to begin with but for those of us who do I think 1 per person per day is fair.
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4/18/2018 17:03:00Lee Araujo
Taxidermylees@yahoo.com
Largo Florida 33770
Private Recreational Angler
Your proposal is not sensible considering that some people go out fishing with three or five people how do you divide up a half a fish. There is nothing wrong with keeping it at one person per day or possibly increasing it once a year two fish per day per person I think you need to go back and look at your data
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4/18/2018 17:03:58Steven smith
Stevensmith32352x@gmail.com
Crystal river, FL
Private Recreational Angler
There is absolutely no shortage of amber jacks. Some areas it is actually difficult to get a bait past the jacks when attempting to bottom fish. And if you do get past the jacks then you get to fight through the red snapper ( also an abundance) and only then if you are lucky to get bait past the jacks and the snapper may you actually have a shot at getting a grouper.
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4/18/2018 17:07:27Phillip Haney
Philh2011@hotmail.com
Clearwater, Fl 33763
Private Recreational Angler
To whom it may concern,

Why would you think it would even be a consideration to make a rule of having one Fish per 2 people. That makes no sense at all.
Where is the science coming from to say Amberjack are in need of this kinda conservation?
I can personally tell you that there is massive schools of Amberjack on sites all over the Gulf Of Mexico-Artificial Reefs, Wrecks, Hard Bottom, ledges, and so forth.
I hope this doesn't become a ruleing.
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4/18/2018 17:08:18Laurence Cooney Lfcooney1@gmail.com
Winter Haven, Florida 33880
Private Recreational Angler
Don't we have enough limits on private fishing without splitting fish with other anglers! What about those of us that fish alone?
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4/18/2018 17:08:58Travis Dietrich
Dietrichtravis9696@yahoo.com
Port Richey Fl 34668
Private Recreational Angler
Amber jack should stay 1 per person what happens if I go fishing by myself and want to bring my wife home dinner but can’t keep an amberjack? That’s not right at all. There are plenty of fish in the sea stop trying to regulate something that you can’t even get an accurate count on.
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4/18/2018 17:08:59Timothy Eaton
Gatortim99@yahoo.com
Valrico, FL 33596
Private Recreational Angler
I don’t own a boat. And pay form charter fishing trips. How am I supposed to keep an AJ if I’m a single angler?
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4/18/2018 17:12:56Brian spraker
Bspraker80@gmail.com
Dunnellon FL 34431
Private Recreational Angler
With all these stupid regulations nobody is going to fish anymore well all just sell our boats I literally never catch or target amber jack but I'll be damned if I thrown it back if it was regulation get your heads outa your asses and let us have some damn fun enough of these stupid ass laws.
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4/18/2018 17:19:01Harold worth
Harold.worth.07@gmail.com
Tampa fl 33611
Private Recreational Angler
You are kidding me.ive been fishing the gulf waters for 40 years i have never caught a half a fish that being said whats going to be the size limit on a half a fish and do you just take a knife and cut it in half
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4/18/2018 17:19:19Thomas P Baytarian
baygraphicsdesign@yahoo.com
Port Saint Lucie
Private Recreational Angler
I've never heard of anything more ridiculous in my life. 1/2 per person? What if you fish alone like a great many people do? Either shut it down completely or change the dates cause this is RETARDED.
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4/18/2018 17:22:44Brad lungerBradlunger@gmail.comOldsmar, Fl, 34677
Private Recreational Angler, Charter/Headboat For-Hire
This craziness of fractional fish is completely absurd. You already have limited the season so extremely the average fisherman can’t get out to get more than 1-2 amberjack per year within the keeper size and now you are wanting to make it so that I only get a percentage of my fish? That is just absurd, should I go get in a bread line next?
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4/18/2018 17:24:22John Greskajmgreska@gmail.comPalm Harbor, FL, 34686
Private Recreational Angler
To have an extended season I would go along with 1 AJ per 2 anglers
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4/18/2018 17:28:32James R Tanner
Jtanner@tampabay.rr.com
Pinellas Park
Private Recreational Angler
Amberjack...did I hear right you are considering a HALF OF A FISH PER PERSON? Am I supposed to cut my fish in half and throw the other half back in? Surely you cant mean I HAVE TO FISH WITH ANOTHER PERSON? Please think logically and make it at least 1 per person or you better believe there will be national mockery of you.
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4/18/2018 17:30:04Patrick L MugaPeggyluis@gmail.comPlant City
Private Recreational Angler
This proposed new limit for Amberjack is senseless, and NOT based on any sort of scientific study IMHO. There is no shortage of Amberjack that I can tell.
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4/18/2018 17:40:14Ralph humphrey
Ralphhumphrey@cableone.net
Biloxi, MS, 39532
Private Recreational Angler
This idea is just as bad today as it was when first presented years ago. If you have to have a limit it should be 1 fish per person period. The projected savings doesn't justify a half fish per person.
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4/18/2018 17:50:35Lowell Eliott
Southerntackle@hotmail.com
Seminole flea 33772
Charter/Headboat For-Hire
I kind of like this ideal if it means longer season on amberjacks. It would take a lot to educate everyone on how this would.
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4/18/2018 17:56:44Troy Graziano
Dodgeman56@yahooo.com
Hudson FL 34667
Private Recreational Angler
Absolutely ridiculous to try to make the bag limit 1/2 a fish per person I say no no no and no to this
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4/18/2018 17:57:15Carl nicolosi
Carlnicolosi@yahoo.com
Port Richey Fl 34668
Private Recreational Angler
1/2 of a fish is pretty hard to do when your fishing alone. A lot of times I have odd numbers of people out fishing with me as well.This change doesn’t seem like a great idea I would like to see it stay with one fish per person.
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4/18/2018 18:07:40Brendon baldwin
Bbaldwin565@gmail.com
33616
Private Recreational Angler, Commercial Fisher
This has to be the dumbest most stupidest thing I have ever heard of !! Half a fish , what a joke .. one fish is bad enough for some fish that are stacked up on every single wreck in the Gulf of Mexico . Let some of us take you on one trip specifically targeting amberjack and let you see the abundance of jacks out there .
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4/18/2018 18:09:29David frayFraydavid@live.com
Waldorf, Maryland,20603
Private Recreational Angler
Amber jack reg should be one amberjack per person
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4/18/2018 18:16:28Phil Pace
Magnusservices@earthlink.net
33513
Private Recreational Angler
The proposed 1/2 while makes sense to myself, is very confusing to the arithmetic challenged recreational fisherman we see today. Perhaps we would be better off with a shorter season, or a max of 2 or 3 per boat, per day regardless of number of Anglers.
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4/18/2018 18:18:40George Poultney
georgepoultney@gmail.com
32025
Private Recreational Angler
One per person is great it takes a lot of money to go offshores feel like there just making it not worth even getting fishing license for the state of Florida
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4/18/2018 18:19:15Michael J Zacchilli
Saltygardensaquaculture@gmail.com
Dade City Florida Commercial FisherI am a commercial diver/fisherman with a current SPL/RS and a leased MLD permit holder. Changing the Rec limits to 1/2 a fish per person is WRONG. Lets say you fish by yourself what will you do cut the fish in half? AJ’s reach sexual maturity at one year and grow fast. I see no reason to change the current regs in place and each person should be allowed to keep their one catch for the day.
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4/18/2018 18:21:00Nicholas
Nick_Purvis@comcast.net
Venice, Florida 34293
Private Recreational Angler
Please do not reduce amberjack from 1 fish per person to .5 fish per person. Very seldom am I able to get out on a boat with an even number of people, lots of times by myself.
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4/18/2018 18:30:17Daniel PhiferPhiferd17@gmail.com
St. Petersburg, FL, 33709
Private Recreational Angler
Please do not change the limits!
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4/18/2018 18:48:18Erro Nijjerenijjer@hotmail.comBrandon, FL, 33511
Private Recreational Angler
I believe the AMBERJACK limits should remain as is with no change. The proposals for 1 fish for 2/3 people are rediculous.
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4/18/2018 19:02:55Darin Croftondcrofton5@gmail.comTampa, FL, 33624
Private Recreational Angler
I'm asking that you do not lower the daily limit of Greater Amberjack to 1/2 a fish per person. It's expensive to run my boat out far enough to catch keepers and I don't get to go a lot, but when I do I like to keep one for the smoker and there's tons of them everywhere I go offshore. Please don't lower the limits anymore, thank you, Darin Crofton
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4/18/2018 19:20:24DENNIS RYDERTikka2701@gmail.comDunedin FL 34698
Private Recreational Angler
This is ridiculous that you want to change the bag limit for AJ to a fraction bag limit. How is it going to work for one thing if I decide to go out by myself?? I can’t keep one or what do I do cut it in half. This makes no sense at all. Keep giving more to the people who line your pockets and less to the private sector. Season has already been butchered and when I go offshore I have no issues catching them. Guess it’s like the “endangered” American red snapper.
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4/18/2018 19:39:28Jon Sowell Zephyrhills Fl 33540
Private Recreational Angler
Keep the bag limit st one person. Half a fish per person is ridiculous and seems a little uncalled for.
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4/18/2018 19:41:02Jason Fernandez
Jasonfernandez.fl@gmail.com
Clearwater, Fl. 33765
Private Recreational Angler
1/2 fish limit?!? This is some sort of delayed April Fools joke right? We hit spots that are stacked with AJ’s! Where are y’all going to get the numbers to justify this sort of ridiculousness? So if I’m out by myself is it 1 fish, zero, or half a freaking fish, oh and which half?
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4/18/2018 19:42:12Danielle nuttendspin69@aol.comOsprey
Private Recreational Angler
I have to poke these dumb fish out of my way there are so many! There are tons of these reef donkeys out there, more than enough to go around. Just increase the size of you are going to do anything, dont limit take.
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4/18/2018 19:46:30Jamin Lee Gadoury
Jaminap@allensplumbinginc.com
St pete Florida 33781
Private Recreational Angler
All you are doing is further limiting people's desire to go offshore. The recreational fishermen spend more money than the commercial fishermen and yet our public resource continues to go to select segments of our population. You will further damage our economy and many people's ability to make a living by continuing to give our public resources to a select group!
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4/18/2018 19:58:45Thomas Michael RayThomray@me.com
Tarpon Springs FL 34689
Private Recreational Angler
I support the proposed Amberjack rule of one AJ per two people on a boat.
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4/18/2018 20:00:27Michael Weekly
mikeweekly@verizon.net
Seffner, Fl, 33584
Private Recreational Angler
Really 1 fish between 2 people, so if I fish by myself how do I get my half. I don't so we see how silly 1 fish for 2 people is. I'm all for one fish per person per day or 1 fish per person, 2 fish per boat.
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4/18/2018 20:00:35Michael Weekly
mikeweekly@verizon.net
Seffner, Fl, 33584
Private Recreational Angler
Really 1 fish between 2 people, so if I fish by myself how do I get my half. I don't so we see how silly 1 fish for 2 people is. I'm all for one fish per person per day or 1 fish per person, 2 fish per boat.
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4/18/2018 20:24:41rick uffalussy
fl.fisherman@yahoo.com
npr fl. 34652
Private Recreational Angler
You have to be kidding!!! I live in the new port richey area fl and every time we go off shore by any wreck or structure their at literally 100's swimming around , some time you can't even get a line to the bottom to fish for red grouper, so i don't feel that you need to cut back on the bag limit.

rick Uffa
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4/18/2018 20:29:14Scott Williams
swilliams9840@gmail.com
Seminole FL 33772
Private Recreational Angler
As to the proposal to change amberjack from 1 per person to 1/2 per person. Are you serious? That’s the most ridiculous thing I have heard. Would that mean if I’m fishing by myself I would take half the fish and throw the other half back? You should leave all bag limits as a whole number.
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4/18/2018 20:51:38Chris wilke
Captainchriswilke@yahoo.com
St Petersburg florida 33708
Private Recreational Angler
Keep 1 per person its crazy 1 fish for every 2 anglers
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4/18/2018 21:02:37Joseph John Dietrich
Joseph.j.dietrich@gmail.com
Spring Hill, Florida 34609
Private Recreational Angler
I reject your theory of a half a fish a person. This isn’t right. I often go out by myself and catch countless Amberjack. This theory that they are being depleted with the current regulation couldn’t be further from the truth. They are in great numbers and great sizes. If you keep the current regulation they will continue with their comeback and we should be allowed to keep more at that point. Florida Rec Anglers in the central region of Florida have to go a minimum of 25 miles to find these fish, it is not easily accessible so our resource is abundant. This is the same aspect as the red snapper. We have to go much further than many others so we should have regulations based on region.
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4/18/2018 21:13:24Ed Mills
Fasteddio5@gmail.com
33615
Private Recreational Angler, Other
How does one catch half an amberjack? If I'm alone, hook into an aj, and a shark eats half, can I keep the rest? What about having an odd number of anglers? How do you choose who doesn't get half an amberjack? These questions demand answers! No is my vote.
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4/18/2018 21:21:05Warren F. Kampe
fredkampe5656@gmail.com
Interlachen, Fl. 32148
Private Recreational Angler
It’s a long costly ride for 2 people when you can only keep 1 amberjack .I see no reason to prevent no less than 1 per person and a longer season .
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4/18/2018 21:26:36Robert M Williams Mwfishman@aol.comDunedin FL 34698
Private Recreational Angler
One per person at least! Why let you the commercial guys have all the fish?
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4/18/2018 21:48:30Matthew Warner
Mdw_warner@yahoo.com
Ocala, Florida, 34474
Private Recreational Angler
Strongly against reducing the greater amberjack bag/person limit. Amberjack are being found plentiful and are often hard to get bait past them to catch anything else.
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4/18/2018 23:17:45Dustin Isabell
Dustinisabell@icloud.com
Tampa, FL 33611
Private Recreational Angler
Please don’t reduce amberjack bag limits
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4/19/2018 2:35:14Bill Dantuono
Bill Dantuono@gmail.com
Naples, Fl, 34208
Private Recreational Angler, Charter/Headboat For-Hire
I own federal reef and pelagic 6-pack permits.

So the goal is to make the season full year? We already did that with the change to 34” and it’s closed down. The more fish you take away from us hard working guides the less I can feed my family. I’m not against the proposed rule change but make it 3 per boat, call it a day.

Not to mention the moratorium and $ to get in this game nowadays. No accountability for people running illegal charters yet you have no problem taking even more away from us. Why should be follow the rules when you guys don’t enforce the ones you put in place? The high rate on the moratorium price of 23000$ for a federal charter permit is fine. But since you guys are not the ones financially invested (brokers and charter guys are) there is no accountability. It’s hypocrisy at its finest accord.
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4/19/2018 5:04:15Troy Graziano
Dodgeman56@yahooo.com
Hudson FL 34667
Private Recreational Angler
Absolutely ridiculous to try to make the bag limit 1/2 a fish per person I say no no no and no to this
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4/19/2018 5:45:40 Louis P Vallee
guppy_28@hotmail.com
70532
Private Recreational Angler
I am positive that if we feed our game fish in the gulf ,there would plenty of fish to go around for everyone, our fish in the gulf are starving!!!! Even the dolphin are stealing trout off our lines in Grand Isle, La. Saw a fishing show yesterday and when the dolphin moved in they had to move. Fishermen are not over fishing EVERY species of fish in the gulf and yet they are ALL disappearing. I have been fishing the gulf for over 60 years and have seen the change.
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4/19/2018 7:12:41Bick Benedict
Vombickaro@gmail.com
Lutz,Florida 33549
Private Recreational Angler
Silly ineffective policies. 1/2 fish policy will lead to overloaded boats.
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4/19/2018 8:05:49Daniel Uzzan
Duzzan1225@gmail.com
Tampa, Fl, 33617
Private Recreational Angler, Charter/Headboat For-Hire
I think the proposed changes are one of the most asinine ideas I’ve ever heard of. Keep it one fish per person
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4/19/2018 8:09:10Stan Phillips
destinfishinginfo@gmail.com
Destin, FL
Charter/Headboat For-Hire
Council members,
I am a federally permitted charter boat owner/operator in Destin, FL.
I would ask that the council consider an amberjack bag limit of 1 fish for 2 anglers. I feel that we certainly benefit more from an extended amberjack season rather than a few big piles of amberjack. Thanks for your consideration.
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4/19/2018 9:26:12Kent Romano
kentromano7@gmail.com
Tampa, FL, 33635
Private Recreational Angler
The new proposed Amberjack catch limit for the recreational angler is unjust and unfair. If you are going to decrease the catch limit to 1 fish for every 2 people, then you need to cut the commercial bag limit in half as well. There needs to be equality across the board. A more reasonable/fair regulation would be 1 fish per person or 3 per boat. This would allow anglers to keep plenty of fish while conserving the fish stock level at the same time. The real issue with fish stock levels in the Gulf of Mexico is due to commercial long lining. Commercial long line is detrimental to all fish populations, and should be banned.
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4/19/2018 10:21:32Dale bartush
dbartush@rocketmail.com
Sarasota FL 34233
Private Recreational Angler
This is absolutely rediculous, I'm a diver and you are gonna encourage divers too dive alone instead of being safe with a buddy. It always should be one per person. You will have people running 20-30 miles alone, especially during tournaments.
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4/19/2018 11:21:30Roberto Lastra roblastra@yahoo.comTampa, Fl, 33614
Private Recreational Angler
This is an stupid idea. 1 per person, 3 per boat a day will make more sense. Just my two cents.
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4/19/2018 13:01:14Ed Walker
info@lighttacklecharters.com
Tarpon Springs, Fl 34691
Private Recreational Angler, Charter/Headboat For-Hire, Commercial Fisher
YES TO FRACTIONAL BAG LIMITS: If the AJ season can be kept open longer, then I support a fractional bag limit. In virtually every scenario, closures hurt the worst, for recreational fisherman and charter fishermen. People will still go fishing, or book charters, if there is a chance they might bring home a fish or two. When the season is closed they simply will not. Do whatever it takes to avoid extended closures.
AND as a commercial reef fisherman, I fully support lowering the AJ trip limits to 500 lbs per day for many reasons: longer seasons, better prices, better quality, reduced discards.
Thanks for your time, Ed Walker
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4/19/2018 14:13:19Kristie Gilford
Divediva72@hotmail.com
Dover, FL 33527
Private Recreational Angler
It is absolutely ludacris to split a catch between 2 individuals. Splitting the Amberjack quota as 1/2 per participant will have great negative impact on the coastal economies since many anglers will not take trips to only get to keep on fish per every 2 individuals. The arbitrary closures of species without good sound science has already had Detrimental effects on these coastal economies and this will only cause greater negative impact. Commercial quota should be eliminated if over fishing is actually occurring.
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4/19/2018 14:42:39Mitchell l hand
Rancher420863@yahoo.com
Bartow Fl 33830
Private Recreational Angler
I think that is the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever heard 1/2 fish per person come on now as if 1 fish per person isn’t low enough
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4/19/2018 15:23:39Cole ganeyJcgfishing@gmail.com39540
Private Recreational Angler, Charter/Headboat For-Hire
i feel as the fishery is able to sustain the regular 1 fish per person on this. Every trip we have had no problem on catching limits and releasing more
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4/19/2018 15:39:19Jonathan Armstrong
Armstronghunts@yahoo.com
36527
Private Recreational Angler
The idea of 1/2 a AJ per person is the nuttiest rule ever presented in public.. I’m embarrassed for the person who actually thought this up. Leave it 1 per day and have a season about 1/2 the year. There are plenty of AJ’s in the gulf.
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4/19/2018 15:52:55Thomas w Phelps, jr
tommyphelps@cableone.net
Gautier, MS,39553
Private Recreational Angler
I hope this is a bad joke. Most places, the amberjack are as plentiful as the snapper. Big problem I see with this is that it is not uniformly fair to anglers. If my two sons go fishing, only one of them can catch an amberjack. No reason for kids today to get into or want to learn and go fishing since they rarely get to keep a fish. 1 per person with the previous increase in size limit should suffice to build stock. Proof can be seen in almost everyone of our recent spearfishing videos. In my opinion this change will cause more unsafe conditions and dangers just as the shortened snapper seasons cause. Since season is shorter or can only harvest 1/2 per person, then you will have boats being overloaded and loaded with small children, and going out in adverse conditions just to get a few fish before seasons close or regs are changed once again.

Thank you for your consideration
Tommy
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4/19/2018 15:53:03Thomas w Phelps, jr
tommyphelps@cableone.net
Gautier, MS,39553
Private Recreational Angler
I hope this is a bad joke. Most places, the amberjack are as plentiful as the snapper. Big problem I see with this is that it is not uniformly fair to anglers. If my two sons go fishing, only one of them can catch an amberjack. No reason for kids today to get into or want to learn and go fishing since they rarely get to keep a fish. 1 per person with the previous increase in size limit should suffice to build stock. Proof can be seen in almost everyone of our recent spearfishing videos. In my opinion this change will cause more unsafe conditions and dangers just as the shortened snapper seasons cause. Since season is shorter or can only harvest 1/2 per person, then you will have boats being overloaded and loaded with small children, and going out in adverse conditions just to get a few fish before seasons close or regs are changed once again.

Thank you for your consideration
Tommy
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4/19/2018 16:06:02Thomas E. Free
tfree@tampabay.rr.com
Saint Petersburg, FL, 33702
Private Recreational Angler
The privatization of a public resource must stop. The citizen angler is being cut off from being able to harvest fish in the Gulf of Mexico. The Gulf and it’s resources belong to the citizens not just commercial interests.

Tom Free
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4/19/2018 16:10:23Byron Rigsby Bkrigsby@aol.comMexico Beach Fl 32456
Charter/Headboat For-Hire
No reason for this limit. The reef are stocked full of Amber Jack. There is absolutely no reason for all these regulations. Everyone for hire and Rec should be able harvest 2 red snapper 1 amber Jack 2 gag grouper and 5 Trigger Fish over 12in per person. All at the same time. You can not use data gained by drag netting over open sand. These are reef fish for a reason. And they swim at that. They may be on a reef out Mexico beach today and moved to Destin or Tampa tomorrow. People eating in restaurant shouldn’t control the limit of people spending tons of money to fish. Money that is taxed and high dollar permits. Rec and for hire Boat bring in revenue for the state and should be looked at the same as commercial industry. We aren’t going to run our fish anytime soon.
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4/19/2018 17:06:43William Broadus
Chadbroadus1@gmail.com
Mobile, Al, 36695
Private Recreational Angler
Horrible idea. One fish per person is reasonable. It doesn’t make sense to take our boats out for anything less. It is already costing us 100s in gas to get one fish per person. The way the seasons are you can’t even make trips further than 15 miles worth the gas. Are you trying to make us buy all of our fish?
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4/19/2018 17:15:23Rony Lastra Rony1459@gmail.com Spring Hill
Private Recreational Angler
These proposed rules limiting an individual to half of an Amber jack are ridiculous and I will not abide by them. The recreational fishing quota should be 2 Amber jacks per person. If you guys actually want to protect the fish then put stricter limits on commercial fishing.
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4/19/2018 18:28:42Mike Fournier
mfournier2012@yahoo.com
Diberville, Ms, 39540
Private Recreational Angler
This is simply not acceptable!!
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4/19/2018 21:33:34Alex StrottA1ex96@aol.comPalmetto fl 34221
Private Recreational Angler
I think the fractional bag limit is the most ridiculous thing along With the season already short, bag limit already at 1 per angler, and the minimum size constantly increasing, it's not like these fish are becoming extinct! They are everywhere when we go fishing, hard to get past them and target the bottom fish on most wrecks. Me as your average angler will surely be disappointed if this fractional bag limit takes place.
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4/19/2018 21:34:44Alex StrottA1ex96@aol.comPalmetto fl 34221
Private Recreational Angler
I think the fractional bag limit is the most ridiculous thing along With the season already short, bag limit already at 1 per angler, and the minimum size constantly increasing, it's not like these fish are becoming extinct! They are everywhere when we go fishing, hard to get past them and target the bottom fish on most wrecks. Me as your average angler will surely be disappointed if this fractional bag limit takes place.
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4/19/2018 21:41:52Shane Steven kesslerPsdmedic@aol.com71360
Private Recreational Angler
Fractional limit??? Are you kidding me? That is the most idiotic idea y’all have come up with yet. The whole damn lot of you need to be fired and replaced.
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4/19/2018 23:41:45Matthew pruitt
Mattdpruitt@icloud.com
33615
Private Recreational Angler
No shortage of fish, please no more new restrictions. It’s getting out of hand
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4/19/2018 23:57:54Sean Cook
Sean.cook32@yahoo.com
D’Iberville Ms 39540
Private Recreational Angler
I am a spear fisherman. I actually see the fish that are in the water not just what bites a hook. There are more red snapper and amberjack than ever before. When you literally have to push fish out of your way so that you can shoot something that is “in season” it clearly tells you there are a lot of them. Cutting bag limit to a fractional limit is ridiculous. Last time I checked it’s illegal to have half a fish on the boat for a single fisherman. There is no reason to continually cut quota and bag limits when the fish populations are getting out of control lopsided. It is becoming a detriment to the ecosystem because the amberjack and snapper are choking out other fish species. I think if any change was to be made it would be to raise the limit to 2 per person.
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4/20/2018 1:18:41Cj Peppe cpeppe2014@fau.eduHoliday,fl,34691
Private Recreational Angler
How could you guys be so stupid. Insanely dumb idea. Keep the way it is
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