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Say you are fishing and you catch a 33 inch striper and have no other fish in the boat. Can you keep the fish or do you have to put it back until you catch one fish under 28 inch? Also, if all you catch is a 33 inch striper, can you take it home or is it required to have one fish under 28 inch first?
 

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Fishing Regulations

Bay Regulations until Dec 21 allow 2 fish per person 18-28, one of which can be 34+. From 21 til 31 it is one fish per person in the bay. Either way the 33" has to go back. See fall bay regulations below.

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Chesapeake Bay Fall Season .........................................................October 4 through December 31
........................................Minimum Size Limit..............................................................18 inches
........................................Maximum Size Limit * ......................................................... 28 inches
........................................Possession Limit - October 4 through December 20...................2 per person
........................................Possession Limit - December 21 through December 31..............1 per person

* 1 fish of the 2 fish possession limit may be 34 inches or larger; no fish may be kept between 28 and 34 inches.
 

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Unless you catch in coastal waters.......then limit is 28" & up
 
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Not a trick question - they are rules for the BAY and rules for the OCEAN. Its all about being boarded and knowing the right answers so you dont get a donation to the state ($200.00) per fish last I heard. The trick is that the police will ask where you fished and if you say in the Bay and show them a 33" fish, you're screwed.

Again, the keepers are 18-28 then the no keep slot is 28-34. One over 34" IN THE BAY.

Then when the 1st of January comes around, ya better not have any in the Bay unless its catch and release.
 

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Coastal waters

If you fish in the Coastal Waters and catch fish bigger than 28 inches and keep them, make sure you do not stop in Bay waters to fish before heading back to your launch site.
 

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Assuming that you were confusing the 28 to 34 fall no take slot with the spring 28 to 32 no take slot.

The order which you catch your keeper fish is not an issue in either case. If you are in the bay and catch a 35 inch fish you can keep it go to the coastal waters and keep a second fish that is larger than 28 inches.

If you are fishing in coastal waters and catch a 35 inch fish you can come back in the bay and catch a 18 to 28 inch fish as your second fish.

And on what Jogrun10k said. . . the law for striped bass is kind of unique. It says that that you are in violation if you are in possession while fishing.

Here is the trick question you are at the dock and you have a 24 inch fish a 33 inch fish in your possession. No matter what the man can issue you a ticket because some how you had to catch both of those fish. Even if both were legal fish where you caught them one was illegally in your possession while you were fishing in the other area in order to catch both fish. And don't say that your buddy gave you one of the fish on the way back in because it is also illegal to transfer striped bass from vessel to vessel.
 

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After December 21st, You can only keep on per person. Can the ONE be bigger than 34 inches? Yall were right. I looked at the spring season instead of the fall season. Thanks!!
 

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NO

At first I thought you could get 2 in the bay before work lets say, then go in the ocean (coastal) and get 2....but now I know you cant even do that-

Its 2 fish per person in a 24 hours period- no matter where you catch them at........is it enforced, theres no way it can be

4VAC20-252-50. Concerning recreational fishing: general.

A. It shall be unlawful for any person fishing recreationally to take or to catch striped bass with any gear other than hook and line, rod and reel, or hand line.

B. It shall be unlawful for any person fishing recreationally to possess any striped bass while fishing in an area where or at a time when there is no open recreational striped bass season, except as described in 4VAC20-252-115. Striped bass caught contrary to this provision shall be returned to the water immediately.

C. It shall be unlawful for any person fishing recreationally to possess land and retain any striped bass in excess of the possession limit applicable for the area and season being fished within the 24-hour period of 12 a.m. through 11:59 p.m. Striped bass taken in excess of the possession limit shall be returned to the water immediately.
When fishing from a boat or vessel where the entire catch is held in a common hold or container, the possession limit shall be for the boat or vessel and shall be equal to the number of persons on board legally eligible to fish multiplied by the applicable personal possession limit. The captain or operator of the boat or vessel shall be responsible for any boat or vessel possession limit.

D. It shall be unlawful to combine possession limits when there is more than one area or season open at the same time.


E. It shall be unlawful for any person while actively fishing pursuant to a recreational fishery to possess any striped bass that are smaller than the minimum size limit or larger than the maximum size limit for the area and season then open and being fished, except as described in 4VAC20-252-115. Any striped bass caught that does not meet the applicable size limit shall be returned to the water immediately.

F. It shall be unlawful for any person to sell, offer for sale, trade or barter any striped bass taken by hook and line, rod and reel, or hand line provided, however, this provision shall not apply to persons possessing a commercial hook-and-line license and a striped bass permit and meeting the other requirements of this chapter.

G. It shall be unlawful for any person fishing recreationally to transfer any striped bass to another person, while on the water or while fishing from a pier or shore.

H. It shall be unlawful for the captain of any charter boat or charter vessel to take hook-and-line, rod-and-reel, or hand line fishermen for hire unless the captain has obtained a permit from the commission and is the holder of a Coast Guard charter license.
 

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Since they are covered by a commercial quota you can also not keep any stripers caught with a recreational gill net or cast net. (also included on this list is bluefish, flounder, speckled trout, black drum and black seabass).
 

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do you know anyone who has a gill net license thats not a commercial fisherperson ? why would they issue a "recreational" gill ney permit ?
 
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