no truer words have ever been spoken its way out of control guys are catching 40 trophies a day throwing back 30 no one can convince my some of those fish dont die . we need the reins to be tighten no doubt about itI agree we ( everyone) are catching too many big Rock.The tackle is getting better, info is passed along faster, GPS/cell phones/etc all make it easier to catch them.Combine more and better fishermen with milder weather and more seaworthy trailerable boats and it's easy to see the Rock are getting hit hard.
IMHO - we will once again overfish the big Rockfish before anything is done.Fishery management often seems to close the barn door after the horse has gotten out.They need to tighten up the limits before too many are taken and get all the states on the same page as far as slot limits.
Mrs Fritzer did the analysis.Hammer II caught a 50 inch fish a few years ago onboard Brincefields boat. Fritzer I believe had it analyzed. As I remember the story, it was the highest level of mercury in a fish the lab ever saw.
Hammer II? Fritzer? You out there?