NOAA Fisheries has provided good news for boaters seeking school bluefin tuna this year. Starting May 2, those holding HMS Angling category permits will be able to retain two school bluefins of 27 to less than 47 inches plus one large school or small medium from 47 to less than 73 inches.
Those with a Charter permit will be allowed three of the schoolies plus one of the large — and headboats in that category are allowed six small plus two large.
As before, anglers can release others and are encouraged to tag them. All retained must be reported to the HMS Permit Shop within 24 hours or called in to 888 872-8862 from 8-4:30 on weekdays.
Today’s gale with southeast winds gusting to 35 knots plus 7-10-foot seas and rain will decline a bit by morning to southeast at 15-20 knots with gusts to 35 creating 8-13-foot seas before switching to southwest at night. That improves Saturday’s outlook to northwest at 10-15 knots dropping the seas to 4-7 feet.