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Updated: 02/01/2018 08:30:05AM

Got the blues? Lucky you

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By Tom Johnson

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Bluefish are one of many downtrodden species in Southwest Florida. They are considered so undesirable (and populous?) that the fish and game regulations allow you to keep ten blues every day of the year. Like ladyfish, bluefish are generally regarded as “trailer trash” species on the Gulf side of Florida.

That seems weird to me, because blues are a favorite catch all along the Atlantic coastline. They sometimes run in large schools, especially the big ones in the 10- to 30-pound range. On our side of the state, bluefish average 1 to 5 pounds and they hang out around piers, grassflats and along the beaches. I had never caught one.

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