Some questions for BISC
Two years ago we were catching 22" to 25" stripers and saying how great the fishing would be in another year or so when the fish would be 30". Now after two days of fishing and catching a lot of fish we're still catching those same 22" to 25" fish. This is not just myself but most friends and people you talk to on the lake. Only three boats at the BISC tournament had legal fish to weigh in.
With all those fish being stocked for the last five years, why have they not grown as was hoped when the size limit was increased to 26”?
The BISC has over 300 listed members. On a beautiful November 1 Saturday afternoon when the lake was full of striper fishermen and the fish are biting there were only (12) boats fishing the BISC tournament. Back when the club was much smaller we would have 20 to 25 boats. Other striper clubs in the southeast USA seem to have a much greater turn out.
Why the lack of participation in the club tournaments by BISC members?
Better call ahead, my dogs bite.
I'll be sure to do that. So did ya'll catch fish and were ya'll at weigh in? Oh, you gonna be able to make the meeting on the 15th?
Originally Posted by StriperChaser1
IMHO There has always been a low particapation in the fall tX. It would be fine with ne if we just cancel all fall tx. If you think about it it also will save more fish to grow up. Even though it would not be very many.\
My thoughts only, what do you other guys think about it.
28 boats entered, 38 fish weighed for 322 lbs, big fish Rick Ellington 12.13 lbs
31 boats entered, 27 fished wieghed for 201 lbs, big fish Bud Jacobson 10.2 lbs
25 boats entered, no results available
[QUOTE=lannyp;1203462]Participation in the fall and winter tournaments has steadily declined. . . . . . There will be more of the club members fishing in Chesapeake than at Kerr and it will also be suggested having a tournament up there each year. . . . .
Well, I was on the lake for the past several days as well as today (leaving in a few minutes), because the weather is so beautiful as is the scenery. Too inexperienced to catch fish, but we do what we can until I get a trolling motor mounted along with the power source. I'm not a fill freezer type fisherman, just like to fish (just started at 72) and the release is OK.
All this said, it might be nice to fish Chesapeake in December, IF, there's information to be shared with a newbee? Maybe where to look in Tidelfish?
With regard to participation in any club activity, especially when retirees may mkae up the bulk of the participants, there must be a zillion interferrences. Mine ended on June 12 when my Mrs departed. Now, it's just my health concerns that interfere. So, it might be more to do with "the best laid plans . . ." not coming to fruition. Then, Joy T Brew come lately is often right, only to find later that he's mistaken! :)
I think we all know about what is the problem with the lack of fish. We went for years and we all took to many fish out. You could go out and see the same boats out there everyday getting their limit and maybe someone elses too. I don't know the answer but maybe not providing fish for the entire state would help. I know years ago we could catch fish and the next weekend people would bring new people and they would enjoy learning how to catch fish and then they would become regular people fishing every weekend too. I think as the sport grew for many years that the stocking programs were not doing enough and now we have a great amount of new people fishing and the lake just has to much preasure on it now. We also have new equipment (gps,new fish finders, and radios)to help us konw and be able to stay right on a school of fish. It is going to be up to everyone to cut back and for a few of the guys fishing to stop bragging on how many fish that they are catching. For some people they need to stop takin 2 limits. It is going to take everyone to work together and we may not see it get back the way it was before in our lifetime.
As for the tournaments there are lots of people in our club that don't care about any tournaments but are in the club for other reasons. We ask for new members but when we get lots of new members that increases more preasure on the lake. I don't know the answer unless the stocking problems can catch up with the preasure that is being put on the lake now. It is going to take everyone working together to help fix the problem.
Well I agree with Fireball for the most part. Until people realize or decide to give a crap about what there doing to the lake by taking so many fish, things will only get worse. It seems like every time I'm out all you ever hear people say is how many they did or didnt put in the cooler.I realize some people are going to keep some fish sometimes, but theres to many being kept.Not to mention the summertime slaughterfest that takes place every year. People fishing all summer long,several days a week, are just as to blame as others. The mortality rate during the summer is horrible and everybody knows it. The biggest problem is, the people who do this know what there doing, they just dont give a damn so I dont see things changing. JMO
Last edited by Rip N Drag; 11-02-2008 at 04:13 PM.