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Old 07-29-2006, 04:34 PM   #1
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Shark fishing rules, regulations & gun use:
What you need to know?


This will cover State of California waters 0-3 miles, Local Islands (considered state waters) & federal waters 3-200 miles as they relate to California boundaries. I?ll break in down into categories for easier reading.

For this article, ?Capture? refers to the initial act of catching a shark & covers State & Federal Regulations within California boundaries;

Methods of capture allowed:
Sport Fishing by boat, kayak, float tube, etc;
Sharks may be taken by hook and line, this includes rod & reel, hand line and the use of electric fishing reels attached to a rod. Spears, Harpoons & Bow & Arrow gear are also allowed in the take of sharks.

Scuba & Free divers;
Spear guns, spear poles, Hawaiian slings & similar methods are allowed.

Methods of capture not allowed:
Shooting with any form of firearm including bang sticks, explosives, nets or netting, tail roping or other forms of snares, cages or similar forms of traps, gaffing free swimming sharks, snagging, charge fired harpoons or spears, intentionally hitting with a boat or foreign object.

For divers:
Bang sticks are not allowed for use in the capture of sharks. They are only allowed to be used for the protection of diver(s) in the water.

For this article, ?assist of landing? refers to controlling a shark once it?s brought to boat side by legal means & covers State & Federal Regulations within California boundaries.

What?s allowed in the assist of landing sharks:
Gaffs, flying gaffs, tail roping, snares or other methods, landing nets, clubs or similar items, harpoons & spears.

What?s not allowed in the assist of landing sharks:
Any form of firearm, bang sticks, explosive devices, charge fired harpoons or spears, spear guns, poles or similar diving related items. Diving related items are only allowed to be used while in the water.

Use of firearms in State & federal waters:

State waters 0-3 miles and a 3-mile perimeter around all islands;
The discharge of firearms is prohibited in state waters and around all islands off the California coast unless it?s expressly allowed by city ordinance. From my research for this article I have found most major cities in the State of California do not allow the discharge of firearms on the water & all the islands have a law banning the discharge of firearms within their 3-mile perimeter. You might find a small city that does allow the discharge of firearms in their waters, so check with local law enforcement first.

Federal waters 3-200 miles except the 3-mile perimeter around islands;
There are no rules banning the discharge of firearms in Federal waters as long as you are not shooting at any form of marine life, persons &/or property or toward any island or land mass. This means you can shoot a gun but cannot use it to assist in the capture of marine life.

Traveling with firearms aboard:
You can travel within State & Federal waters within the California boundaries with a firearm as long as the ammo is kept locked and separated from the firearm. State & Federal laws regarding the type of firearm allowed must be followed i.e. no Uzi?s, machine guns, etc, unless you have a license to own it. If you plan to travel into international waters contact the US Coast Guard for the laws concerning travel with a firearm. If your planning to travel into another state check with the state police where you are traveling to along with California state police to see if a permit to transport will be needed. If your traveling into Baja, contact the Federal Police to find out how to obtain a travel permit to transport firearm(s) or check with the US State Dept. for the proper paperwork needed.

Thank you to the following person(s) & organizations for contributing to this article;

US Coast Guard Long Beach station, Ed Roberts California Dept of Fish & Game, Harbor Patrol offices in Redondo Beach, Long Beach, San Diego, channel islands area & San Francisco, Pacific Fisheries Management Council, Marty Golden @ NOAA.
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Old 07-29-2006, 07:50 PM   #2
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Do you have any other restrictions in CA? I had to release a real nice Mako in May.

This is state and federal here in the Gulf of Mexico.

Shark: Closed Season- All Louisiana State waters out to the seaward boundary of the Louisiana Territorial Sea shall be closed to the recreational and commercial harvest and possession of all sharks between April 1 and June 30 of each year.

Other Sharks: The aggregate daily take and possession limit for all "Small Coastal," "Large Coastal" and "Pelagic" sharks combined, caught recreationally within or without Louisiana waters, shall be one fish per vessel per trip and in possession with a 54 inch minimum fork length.

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Old 07-30-2006, 11:33 PM   #3
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Thanks for the info Mark!
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Red, this covers it. We have an open season (year round) for makos. Our seasons are mainly based on the sharks themselves, i.e. when they decide to come in to the area. Good anglers toss back the small ones and try to release the big ones unless it's a kill tournament. We just had a lady set the pending all-tackle record off our coast with a 1059.4lb mako.
Hope that answers your question, if not let me know & I'll try to refine the answer(s).
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Old 08-04-2006, 09:47 PM   #5
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Thanks for the info Mark ... just wondering. We've had problems with the long liners here in the Gulf for a long time but now new regulations are holding them out further.

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