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ECC

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Just had lunch at Hammerheads and saw an appx 26' express pull up to the cleaning station.  No name and no charter numbers. One silver outrigger and one black outrigger.  Appeared to have two hispanic looking fishermen and two or three captain/crew.  Unloaded and cleaned 17-20 female dorado all between 6 & 14 pounds, completely full of eggs.  When I asked the guy cleaning why all the small ones, his response was "mucho disponible" (many available).  I know this is not the crux of the issue with our fishery, but it makes me sick to witness such a waste.
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kiwi

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Yes, we witness this every season. Sometimes something can be done about it and most of the time no.  With the discription of the boat (especially the outriggers) it shouldn't be hard to locate and word does travel fast around the marina. 

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CycleCat

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I have very little salt water fishing experience. How do you identify a female Dorado? How do you identify if they are laden with eggs? When is the time of year they are spawning?
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kiwi

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cyclcat: Google can help you with those questions as you will need a picture.

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bryanr

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A female has a rounded head. They can be mature at three months of age. Limit is two a person.
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Male and female.

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SZ

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Undersize and immature is the local fishing norm here.  Case in point, as mentioned in this thread, and worse of all (or close second), lobster.  Some places here serve bigger shrimp than lobster.....
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