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Updated: 03/13/2014 02:59:30PM

Can I keep a gag?

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Capt. Steve McGinn caught and released this 29-inch gag.

By Capt. Ralph Allen

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I ran into a little problem while on a fishing trip last week. The problem wasn’t with the quality of the fishing, the weather or with the boat. The problem was all the questions from my guests which were difficult to answer. Here’s what happened.

Early in the day we got into a hot grouper bite during which we caught at least 15 gags in the span of about half an hour. They were nice fish, with at least half of them of keeper size, and there were a few that easily topped 10 pounds. Since the season on gags in the Gulf is currently closed, all those beautiful fish were carefully released, and that’s when the questions started coming. Following is a rundown of some of their questions and my attempts to answer them:

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