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Quick-Keepr Tip

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With the fall run ramping up I just wanted to share a quick tip I learned on this board a couple of years ago. In order to minimize the time a borderline keeper Bass has to stay out of the water, measure 28" or 29" to be safe up from the bottom of your surf rod and wrap a band of masking tape there. This will give you immediate feed back on the length of the Bass and if she is a legal size to keep.

Same can be done with Porgies, Fluke, Blackfish...etc rods as well.
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I'm probably gonna take a pounding for this, but---if it's "borderline" it should go back.

I don't mind people taking a fish home. But geez, if it's that close, why try to squeeze every last millimeter out of it?

And just FYI---that method is gonna get you a ticket sooner or later. Here's why--the LEGAL way to measure a fish is to lay it flat on top of a tape or measuring device. That way, the girth of the fish doesn't affect the length. DEC measures them that way, and that's how it's determined whether a fish is "legal"--flat, on a tape, with the girth not affecting the length. If you want to mark your rod, make 30" the spacing in question to be on the safe side.
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