my deal is just that i have a pier on the nansemond and fish it all the time, whether by my boat or just fishing off my pier with a surfrod.......i've caught some big croakers off my pier, im talking 2 to 3 pound croaker just from the pier. as of lately i have seen a dramatic decline in the numbers as well as the size of the croaker. croaker is a good eating fish but to take 85 out is a little rough. i know where the fishing was done and that there could have been some released. take what you need and not what you want, be sensible about it. im 22 and have seen a huge difference in the fishing from when i was 12, i want there to be enough excitement and fun for everyone. hope people understand this. it's not a hard fish to catch, leave some for other people.
Matt, I mean mpwylie, I think I'll have to agree with you. Since just the other day we fished off my pier in the Eastern Branch of the Elizabeth, even if it did take you an hour to figure out where that was in relation to the Nansemond. Although our poster hasn't responded to your comment, I don't believe he kept 85 fish. Granted there is a chance he did but for the sake of the fishery I hope he's just saying he was catching fish all day. I've lived in the area since I was 5 years old and I believe when a person doesn't have the means or the time to make it out to the bay or ocean, fishing these local rivers and tributaries can really make for a great time. Let's keep it that way.