Mike I agree there is always a risk involved when in the water. If you can't see the dive flag then that falls on the divers. Put it high where everyone can see. Most divers wil be during slacker tides as well. Common sense by all parties goes a long way but you can't assume everyone has it.
I agree completely. I really don't think it is going to be that big a deal. The diver #s are going to be vey few and as we all know slack tide sucks for fishing the pilings and rocks H & L. I recently bought an extra jumbo dive flag Mike, not a bad idea for anyone.
Originally Posted by Finnicky
I did have someone a couple of weeks ago who rolled up to me while I was in the water at a piling. I motioned to him and he waved back, then continued toward me and proceeded to fish the piling directly next to me on the same set. I held my tongue initially as my boat was a little farther away from me than it should have been. My driver then came in close with the boat as I moved to the next set of pilings. Amazingly, the H & L ers also moved to the next set with me and began to fish! I politely informed them that they were a little too close for comfort. They angrily reeled up and moved away grumbling about it. I guess they saw me in the water and figured they were being safe knowing where I was, but they really had no way to know that I was the only diver in the water.
Anyway, as Finnicky stated, you can't assume everyone has common sense.
I got 5 dollars there will be a lot of citation divers caught during this years fall rock season
Originally Posted by Earesponsible
I call BS on this statement. Are these your words or those of the VMRC? What data is there that supports this statement.
Originally Posted by Tom Powers
I still think the VMRC is doing the bidding of our Governor Mc Donnell and they are allowing this in an effort to distract the recreational anglers from the menhaden issue, so I agree this is BS.
The lack of effort is attributed to the recreational fishing survey data. Maybe a better choice of words would have been reduction in angler trips. BTW I am not sure how much I believe the numbers, but the trends are probably valid. I do stand corrected that the effort (by this metric) was up last year, but it is still down as compared to historic numbers.
Also 2010 was the year that the water temps dropped in early Dec.
And yes I do agree that the stocks are down. So is our allowed harvest in the bay.
Year Angler trips in Nov/Dec
Catch (number striped bass)
Quotas for some of the recent years.
"A larger percentage of striper fishing is done at night,"
That may be true if you are casting the light line. But there are lines and lines of boats trolling up and down the bridge during the daylight hours. Also there are many folks that cast to the islands during the day (not troll off of them) both during the spring and winter seasons.
We will see how it goes gear conflict wise.