Start listening at 27 minutes for cobia. As I understand this, the 15 June closure will be for federal waters, not state waters. Most of our cobia comes from state waters which includes the bay. So this 15 June closure as I understand it will not apply to the bay or state waters (inside 3 miles just like striper) but VMRC will have to take action to reduce the ACL for 2016. VSSA recommended to the FMAC a few months ago that Virginia begin to formulate some courses of action to reduce cobia limits. Our recommendation was to put together 3 alternatives, sort of a high, med, and low approach.
1. High - 3 per boat with 1 over 50 inches
2. Med - 4 per boat.
3. Low - 6 per boat.
Then once we had general agreement on the 3 alternatives, let the angling public, charter captains, VSSA members, and fishing clubs discuss and try to arrive at a consensus. There is no question we have to reduce our take in Virginia so we all need to have honest, professional discussions on this topic and try to reach some sort of general agreement on what that should be. More to follow for sure.
This is the second time I've seen you say a 37" cobia has no meat on it, and the second time I've thought you were crazy. Have you filleted a 37" cobia? Do you keep a 17" flounder? A 21" striper?? How does the meat amount compare? I'd like to see you eat a 37" cobia in one sitting and tell me you're still hungry. That's ridiculous. Other states have a 33" size limit. It's better for the fishery to keep little males over large spawning females.One per angler, excluding the Captain and crew, per boat, period. Increase the size limit from 37" to 42" or more--a 37" fish has little meat on it. Fish to be tagged and released should not be brought on board.
It's one per person now. Did you mean one per boat, or one per angler?One per angler, excluding the Captain and crew, per boat, period. Increase the size limit from 37" to 42" or more--a 37" fish has little meat on it. Fish to be tagged and released should not be brought on board.
Its been a debate I have seen on many sites I have been on. :thumbup:Although large females are very valuable to the spawning stock, a larger minimum size limit ensures that these fish get at least one (maybe 2) spawning seasons in before being killed. Given the larger number of small fish, the protection of these fish could lead to a significant contribution to our stock. Consider the amount of eggs in ten 25lb female cobia versus the amount of eggs in 1 70lb female. Although the protection of large females is important, it doesn't hurt to consider the flip side as well - especially since smaller fish are more abundant.
BTW, I had the flu for several days @ the time I wrote this. don't know what I was thinking other than, I would love to protect the larger females. Now thinking with a less foggy mind, about my limited experiences with cobia,, It would not be safe to try to handle larger ones gently for release... (cut the line fish in water, like shark?)I agree with the statement " It's better for the fishery to keep little males over large spawning females."
I wonder if discussion should include slot limit?