As of May 1, the recreational haddock rules covering Tuna Hunter and all charter vessels in MA fishing in the Gulf of Maine (the aters off the MA coast north of Cape Cod) are:
- 3 haddock per person
- 21 inch minimum
This is from the latest notice from the MA Division of Marine Fisheries. Read the full notice here.
From that notice note:
- A dual-permitted (state and federal) for-hire vessel fishing in state or federal waters and landing in Massachusetts is bound by a combination of the most restrictive rules: 3 fish and 21” minimum size. The vessel cannot catch or possess GOM haddock from state or federal waters during March, April, September, and October.
- A private recreational angler fishing entirely or in part in federal waters and landing in Massachusetts is bound by a combination of the most restrictive rules: 3 fish and 21” minimum size. The angler cannot catch or possess GOM haddock from federal waters during March, April, September, and October.
The MA Division of MarineFisheries (MA DMF) is currently accepting public comment and will be holding a public hearing on Thursday, May 28 on changing the state GOM haddock recreational rules. For more information on how to submit comment or the timing of the public hearing, refer this MA DMF Advisory.
Bottom line: 3 haddock per person. Unlimited pollock. unitl further notice.
With warm weather in site, we look forward to being out on the water, enjoying the sunshine, pulling in tasty haddock.
Call us at 978-407-1351 for the latest fishing charter openings. God fishing to all.