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Catch and Release Flags

Grady-White photographs often show our boats with fish flags flown upside down. Flying an upside down species flag means a particular kind of fish has been caught and released. A "T" flag flown underneath an upside down species flag means a fish was tagged before release; multiple T flags mean multiple fish were tagged. Flags flying right side up means that the fish was caught and kept. Fly flags no more than 24 hours after a fish is caught. Never go out of the inlet with yesterday's flags flying, even if less than 24 hours have gone by. Keep flags evenly spaced so they can be counted easily. For dolphin or mahi-mahi, the peanuts or bailers (small ones) do not merit a flag; only big gaffers get a flag.