Confused about pinkie size

 I know i should know this for sure, i was sure pink snapper had a size of 500 out of metro waters and i threw one back that was 480. get home and a friend said the size is 410 . 

Some of these regs are confusing or am i just getting too old 

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500mm West Coast Bio Region x 2

Sun, 2018-04-15 15:32

 Shark Bay max 700mm x 2

All other areas 410mm x 3

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Not quite right

Sun, 2018-04-15 15:55

 West Coast bioregion South of 31 deg S( Roughly Lancelin)-- 500mm  North of that to northern limit (26deg S) 410mm . So, In Perth metro, you are 500mm .  500 minimum/ 700 maximum Shark bay. here is a link to the guide

 

 

http://www.fish.wa.gov.au/Documents/recreational_fishing/rec_fishing_guide/recreational_fishing_guide.pdf

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 cheers. was diong the right

Sun, 2018-04-15 15:56

 cheers. was diong the right thing. coulda been a nice feed of fresh pinkie otherwise

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 Thought they got rid of the

Sun, 2018-04-15 17:11

 Thought they got rid of the shark bay maximum size limit last year?

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 I thought the same

Sun, 2018-04-15 19:14

 I thought the same

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 Yes, Shark Bay maximum size

Mon, 2018-04-16 08:39

 Yes, Shark Bay maximum size was dropped January 2016. Now no maximum size.

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 Tell your friend to read the

Sun, 2018-04-15 18:28

 Tell your friend to read the rule book.

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 makes you wonder how many

Sun, 2018-04-15 18:30

 makes you wonder how many others have got it wrong. i know reading the regs can be confusing a bit

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 Then they plead ignorance

Sun, 2018-04-15 18:44

 Then they plead ignorance which is not an excuse, but honestly it's not that hard to interperet. 

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Don't forget

Sun, 2018-04-15 18:59

If you catch and keep a pinkie that is just on the 500mm, there is every chance that when you measure it an hour or so later you will find that your just size pinkie is now a couple of mm under size.

Fish when out of the water for a while (as short as 1/2 hr) will shrink a little bit, don't know the science behind it but I have experienced it many a time on most species of fish.
Which is the reason why I don't take fish that are just size, plus you don't get a decent fillet of them.
Just my experiences.

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 Yep Pmac can vouch for that

Sun, 2018-04-15 19:51

 Yep Pmac can vouch for that lol

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 noticed that myself and

Sun, 2018-04-15 19:57

 noticed that myself and always careful. never keep anything just size

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 It’s been to court and the

Sun, 2018-04-15 20:03

 It’s been to court and the angler won it.

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I have a simple rule

Mon, 2018-04-16 09:47

 If you have to measure it, its' too small. Knowing the various size limits well, it's usually pretty obvious. I instituted this rule with my kids for breaming off the jetty when they were small, as a 250mm bream is really tiny--they only came home with 300mm plus jobs when they realised that.

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That's my rule with crabs

Mon, 2018-04-16 13:17

That's my rule with crabs unless we're really struggling for a feed.

I was bloody spewing last year when we spend 3 hours catching nothing and then hit a honey hole and we kept the first 2 dhueys onboard at 51 and 63 only to pull in a 76cm model on a jig the next drift. I cried sending him back.

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You did the right thing, Jack

Mon, 2018-04-16 14:19

 I've had to do it myself, keeping a 4kg Rankins then throwing back two Dhu later on, both were larger. "high grading" is always a possible effect of bag limits, and there are those who wouldn't think twice.

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 you got a good rule

Mon, 2018-04-16 19:28

 you got a good rule there. 

that upsize thing gives me the shits. seen many dead fish floating on the surface on the way in . only time i hate letting the bigger ones go is when you cant get them down even using the release weight. 

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