Know your bag limits
Katsy 85s post about closed seasons reminded me of this.
A couple of months ago i was drift fishing & caught a double header of swallowtail on the first drop, hooked within seconds of the bait hitting the bottom. I sometimes dont worry about swallowtail because they are usually very small. These were both a good size though & those who have eaten them will know they are pretty good on the tooth.
So I gleefully stashed them in the ice box. 20 minutes later a fisheries boat turns up. (first time thats happened to me out on the water) Theres a young lady standing on the bow asking me about equipment etc then asks what fish I'v caught. so I hold up the swallowtaail. "Nice" she says "better go & catch some skippy now" "Skippy? -No way" I replied. "I going to catch a Dhuie"
Then she reminded me that I had my bag limit already. Two fish from the group - including swallowtail. Lucky for me i had not caught anything else. I'm very careful & respectfull of bag & size limits but that one got past me. A man's got to know his limits.