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    Mahi Mahi 20” Fork Minimum Size - 15 Aug, 2019

    Is it just me or is the the 20” Mahi Mahi fork minimum size to keep, Just Flat Out Wrong?

    We’ve been coming to The Keys since 1986. 

    We moved here full time March of 2017. 

    Ya, bad timing because we move to Cudjoe Key in March 2017. Even worse than Irma is the New first ever Mahi Mahi 2016 20” fork minimum size regulation. Last Sunday was a perfect example of our sadness & frustration since Irma hit September 10, 2017. 

    We caught 15 Mahi. Went all the way out to 967’ of water, due South of Cudjoe Key. Flat seas were awesome. Some birds and weed-line help. Unfortunately,
    ZERO Keepers.
    6 were 19” but less than 20”
    4 were 18” but < 19”
    5 were less than 18”

    Since Irma, for every 10 Mahi caught, on our average trip offshore, only 1 or 2 Keepers. 

    Please reduce fork minimum size from 20” down to 19” (or even 18”!) to Restore a reasonable return on investment for Mahi fishing to be a little better than 0% to 20% keeper ratio the past 2 years. 

    Do you agree?

    Thank You,

    Cudjoe Ken