Monthly Archives: April 2015

Big Old Female Fish – the future of our fishery!

Big, female snook make huge contributions to future fish stocks—Ralph Allen, King Fisher Fleet Image

Big, female snook make huge contributions to future fish stocks—Ralph Allen, King Fisher Fleet Image

Most anglers understand we have two snook closures annually; each for very different reasons. The December through February closure protects snook during the cold weather and the May to September closure protects spawning snook. The size limits for snook are designed to protect juveniles and older spawning female snook. Many people understand the reason to protect juveniles; after all they are the future generation. But why protect the old girls?

Well it turns out size matters when it comes to fish spawning. That’s right Big, Old, Fat, Fecund, Female Fish or BOFFFFs contribute far more to future fish stocks than their smaller, younger same species representatives, and the old girls contribute in many ways.

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