Getting licensed to fish




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Originally uploaded by dchurbuck

The discussion on Reel-Time about imposing saltwater fishing licenses on Massachusetts residents used to be one of the most predictable fire-starters of massive flame wars among those piscine libertarians who wanted no regulations to the fish-huggers who wanted everything declared a gamefish and shut off from commercial sale.

This morning my buddy Curt Jessup, guide and Sea-Tow man, posted on Facebook page that there are federal license requirements to be aware of, as well as a forthcoming Massachusetts last year, passed into law by Governor Patrick last November.

Forewarned I went to https://www.countmyfish.noaa.gov and filled this out. No charge. I needed to fill it out in the off chance I am more than three miles off-shore in Federal waters looking for mahi-mahi or tuna (which happens a couple times per year).

Author: David Churbuck

Cape Codder with an itch to write

4 thoughts on “Getting licensed to fish”

  1. As a former midwesterner I am amused by the firestorm of indignation surrounding the talk of implementation of a saltwater fishing license. In Illinois and Wisconsin where I fished extensively a license is just an accepted part of the deal (although they aren’t nearly as expensive as a Massachusetts freshwater license). Given the amount of money we anglers spend on this most noble of pastimes, the cost of a license is small potatoes indeed. More important is an adjustment of the striper regulations. We need to institute a slot limit like the Wisconsin walleye regulations. That would mean you can keep two (or one or three, whatever) fish between, say, twenty-two and thirty inches; none smaller and none larger. That protects the young generation and the valuable spawners.

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  2. Please Lord of bowed rods, smoking reels an razor taught lines, one more Mahi Mahi.
    Pleas, just one more. Give me that and I’ll swear off DuPont spinners as a last resort. Promise!

    Anonontheashram in California

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