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    Posted: 05 May 2017 at 12:19pm

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Date: May 4, 2017

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New bluefish release category added to N.C. Saltwater Fishing Tournament

 

MOREHEAD CITY – Anglers can soon be recognized for releasing large bluefish.

 

The N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries’ Saltwater Fishing Tournament, known commonly as the Citation Program, will add a bluefish release category beginning May 15. Anglers can receive a citation (certificate) for the release of a bluefish that measures 34 inches or longer.

 

Currently, citations are given only to anglers who catch and keep a bluefish that weighs at least 15 pounds.

 

The new release category brings the total number of release species in the program to 20. The release category is meant to encourage anglers to practice catch and release.

 

The Saltwater Fishing Tournament recognizes exceptional catches of North Carolina’s most popular sport fish.

The tournament runs from Jan. 1 to Dec. 31 each year and is open to any angler, except those who captain or work on a for-hire vessel or those who sell their fish.

 

To qualify for a citation, the fish must be caught on hook and line, landed without the use of electric or hydraulic equipment and meet the program size requirements. Landed fish must be weighed at an official weigh station and then recorded on an official application form. For released fish, the angler or mate must touch the fish or the leader, measure the fish and release it, then the angler and a witness must fill out and sign an application at an official weigh station.

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Click here for more information on the N.C. Saltwater Fishing Tournament.

 

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Edited by Chuck Laughridge - 05 May 2017 at 12:21pm
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Wish this would be the case with more species. Or just do away with the citation program all together. 
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Of course they do this after I released well over 100 34+ blues this year and they are all gone! I couldn't justify killing a big fish I didn't want to eat just for a piece of paper.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Chuck Laughridge Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 16 May 2017 at 6:22pm
An attempt was made to get it sooner, but even something as simple as this is excruciatingly slow.

Good Fishing!!!
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote willis1 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 17 May 2017 at 2:01pm
Are the choppers completely gone now? I heard that some were caught around the coast guard station a couple of days ago. . . .

I'm hoping to head down in the next day or 2, and would like to use some poppers on them one last time this year if possible. . . . 
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Lets hope they return, that was a great way to start out the spring. Haven't seen blues like that in a long time.
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