I just got my book and saw that they changed from length to weight. This year the winner will be the heaviest rockfish. Wonder why they changed?
to incentivise the keeping of prespawn fish. this way, you can catch and release 50 fish in a day, with a mortality rate exceeding 50% but the egg laden, sea cow definately gets whats coming to it.I just got my book and saw that they changed from length to weight. This year the winner will be the heaviest rockfish. Wonder why they changed?
listen twinkle toes, I am not pushing my opinion on anyone. its a public forum and I am voicing my opinion, not pushing it. the only thing tourneys are good for are the people who organize them $$$$$ and the few who win $$$. I myself troll, and the fatal flaw I see in the tourney is that on a normal day one might see a few boats to at best 100 out there in any given area. when MSSA comes to town, I look up the bay and see basically a whiteout of boats trolling off cedar point. as noted by a local charter captain who participates in it, last year he caught and release over 100 fish, keeping the slots open for the big fish, he said after the tourney, the bite never came back like it was before the tourney. now he is probably an outlyer because he is an excellent fisherman, but still, no one can ignore the damage the MSSA tourney does to the bite due to the excessive fishing pressure for those several days- prefishing included. boat numbers alone dont simply make the equation. the thing is that instead of going out and catching your fish and going home like on a normal day, the fact that you layed so much money on the line compells you to cull through otherwise nice keepable fish. some live, some die and some move on.Captbucster go hug a tree... I am so sick of the people that insist on pushing their opinions on people. Man.. if people want to fish tournaments great if they don't okay. If you like to flyfish instead of troll excellant. If you would rather catch and release or eat everything you catch guess what.... You live in America it is your right to do so. Why don't you go to the CBBT or Oregon inlet and chain yourself to the dock screaming stop the slaughter...Yep over 400 boats fish that tourney and good for me that about only 300 know what the hell they are doing. However, the comradery the stories the money spent at local stores is all good stuff.