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What are the minimum qualifying sizes?     
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The following fish must be taken on rod and reel but line-testing strength is not limited. Live and cut baits may be used as well as artificial lures. Note: Anglers who wish to qualify for Tackle-Busters in the Striped bass or Bluefish category but wish to release their fish unharmed may do so if the fish meets the minimum total length requirement. A photo of the fish beside a tape measure would provide the necessary verification of size.



2014 Tackle-Busters Minimum Size Requirements

black sea bass   
bluefin tuna
    5 lbs.
300 lbs.
pollock   25 lbs.
bluefish   15 lbs. or 36 inches porbeagle shark 200 lbs.
cod   25 lbs. redfish     2 lbs.
cusk   12 lbs. shad   21 inches
haddock     7 lbs. striped bass   25 lbs. or 42 inches
hake   25 lbs. thresher shark 200 lbs.
halibut   50 lbs. tautog     8 lbs.
mackerel     2 lbs. whiting     3 lbs.
mako shark 250 lbs. winter flounder     2 lbs.