State regs can be superseded by Federal regs. It's common knowledge that the Feds stepped in and saved the striped bass fishery. IMO, saltwater fisheries should not be regulated by the state for a number of reasons.
-they've screwed up before and they'll screw up again
-most saltwater fish are migratory....they have know idea what state they're in.
-The variation in regs between states is, in some fisheries, tremendous and therefore very confusing...besides, they both can't be right. The only reason I can think of for states to have different regs would be to protect a spawning location/time.
What got me on this rant yet again was that I was trying to determine whether it was legal to cull striped bass in Maine. I'm sure all of us have caught a legal sized striper, planned to take it for supper, then caught a bigger one, which we have to throw back.
I have read several articles about the "Striper Tube" used in many tournaments providing good results, the most recent in the NY Times. So, I went to their (striper tube) web site and found they even promote it for culling.
Hmmm....., that's a good sign.
Then I tried to check with the Maine fisheries web site to see if it was legal. Couldn't find anything that said it wasn't legal.
Hmmm...., another good sign.
Then I decided to checkout MA, just for the halibut, and found to my surprise that it is illegal to cull striped bass in MA.