So we all just stop keeping fish all together, then what? The commercial guys with the nets will just have a tiny bit more to kill, that's what. For years and years 1/2 day boats used to fish the same rocks every day and cream the bass. Year in and year out. The net guys have gotten good, and gill nets blanket the outer edges of the areas we fish. Trawler drag nets right through the twilight fleet, using their lights (sportboats) to get the sandbass all ganged up. It's too bad that somehow this whole thing gets overlooked. Get rid of the nets, and it gets better real quick. And yes, I have written letters.........
Back in the day, young Ethan, nobody gave a crap about size limits. I remember in the 70's/80's going out on the Western Pride, GW, the Matt Walsh, yada yada, with 30-50 of my new best friends and limiting out on bass. The difference now is you got the whole damn boat measuring fish that, back in the day, nobody would consider putting in the sack. Ya just did not bother with small fish. Back in the day, you could fish the rock fish at the shoe on the 1/2 day boat in the winter and come home with some nice reds and today people are posing with reds that nobody would be caught dead with on 35 millimeter Kodachrome, and out of Newport you could get on a boat that would target the 14 mile bank for some cow cods. Now, thanks to a lack of proper management and a whole lot of bitching by so-called sportsmen that spot and them fish are a big no-no. The next big no-no is going to be hooping bugs do to a lack of proper management. The regulations need a big tweak before they make more species off limits. Your heart is in the right place my friend. I look forward to reading more about your future fishing endeavors.
Good first post.
Think about all the other landings that are killing 300 fish a day
Hi Ethan, welcome to the site! Thanks for posting. Be careful being so opinionated on a first post, first day on the job, first day at school, first date, first time you meet somebody and have a conversation, or just about anything you do for the first time. It sort of turns off half the people your giving your opinions to, or another way to say it is you lose half your audience right off the bat and that makes us less effective at whatever it is we are trying to accomplish by voicing those opinions in the first place. You catch more bees with honey as they say
I agree that we could manage our oceans using all sorts of methods that would probably be better for the resource than we currently have implemented. Remember though, we need all of our fishing community to maintain our rights to fish and use the resources or they will be voted away from us. A young person just getting into fishing will have to keep a limit of small calicos before they someday progress to a private boat owner who someday releases everything and just fishes for the pure enjoyment of it and is fulfilled just being on the water. That is a process. We are all on varied paths to the end point, but we each should be allowed to get there at our own pace. You might arrive to that point sooner and thats great! But Ethan, it doesnt allow you the right to be critical of the guy who takes his son/daughter out on the 1/2 day boat and wants to keep some small calicos/sand bass to show the family and eat. Thats fine too, and we may need the votes of those young people someday. Allow them to find enjoyment in fishing in whatever way they choose. Because, then we will have another brother/sister in the fishing fraternity. They will be educated soon enough on their own or from being around other fisherman they look up to or respect. It will happen.
Finally, Ethan you are wrong about the mountain lions. They are not extinct, have never been extinct, and are thriving in all our western states. You have some bad info/opinions on this topic. In fact, today, because of the conservation efforts of sportsman/hunting/fishing enthusiast we have have way more game animals today in this country than we did when Louis and Clark made their famed expedition. Hard to believe but true.
Welcome to the fishing fraternity Ethan. We need everyone we can get. It is my opinion that you have alot to learn about the politics of being an outdoorsman and which bushes the snakes are under (ie who your enemies are), but thats ok and you will learn soon enough. Im glad your interested enough to post. Dont take the criticism your going to recieve for your post too personal. Like I said Ethan, you have alot to learn about the political landscape behind conservation issues in this country and there are valid reasons why your words will evoke these reactions from the rest of the fisherman/outdoorsman on this site.