Gary, maybe a collapse is best. Then someone else can come in and make real decisions with months of public comments that won’t change an outcome that was already made.
You gentleman know that many fisherman fish for stripers for the sport and not the meat, right? These fisherman are also some of the most conscientious about the proper handling and treatment of the resource imo. These regs have eliminated the flats fishery and C&R in other locations in the month of April which is some of the most desirable striped fishing in this area to C&R lure fisherman. There is no science that supports this. Cold water C&R with lures and not trolling has a very low discard death rate and there is no evidence that catching stripers during this time prevents spawning activity.
The summer closure, I can get behind because of the increased chance of dead discards. But the closure in April is tough to take in.
The charter fleet getting 2 pp is also hard very hard to take. Picking and choosing limits due to financial interest doesn’t seem fair or logical. The charter fleet could get creative to allow their guests to enjoy their day on the water, but seems like status quo and tradition trump common sense and equity.
I think at this point a moratorium seems best for the fishery. I have watched the steady decline the last 15 years and it’s been sad. These fish can and will recover if we let them. We can’t though and it’s a shame.
thinking the sameway…..Crabbie n son
Last edited by Capt.Nick; 02-18-2020 at 02:30 PM.
Fishing can be anything you want it to be