The Nets were banned in Florida and now it's a World class fishery............ GarySounds like you had a very nice day. Gill nets didn’t get invented yesterday and the fish still keep making it. The gill net cry needs to stop. I do believe, like you, that more protection needs to be made, but it’s not all the gill netters fault. That cry wolf is getting old. Gill netting has been around since someone could make a gill net.
It's everybody doing it........ GaryI don’t know, Gary. I don’t live in florida. Don’t fish in Florida. Just know they’ve been here for more than a century and we still got a fishery. I do know, when they banned recreational harvest of striped bass, I.e. the moratorium, the striped bass made a dramatic comeback. Then we allow recreational harvests again and we’re back to dog days.
That’s results you can see. Just need to watch who we point fingers at.
Thanks for the report Rock ‘n Load - great seeing your had a good 2 days out there.
I’m heading out Friday (tomorrow) from Buzz’s or PLO. Going to give my new sonar (Garmin 94sv) another chance to find me some fish.
Great report Rock n load, thanks for sharing!Just got back from PLO having fished from about 11:30AM to Dusk on Monday and from about 8:00AM to 3:30PM on Tuesday(yesterday). Monday the conditions were as perfect for fishing as could have been. Overcast with great visibility, slight chop with a few white caps, water temp ranging from 47.4* to 48.4* and very few boats out and about. Getting with birds was the ticket and boy oh boy did we find some bird tornados which we had pretty much all to ourselves. Three of us were fishing and caught/released an estimated 50 keeper size rock to 30 inches. Screen shot and fish pic was from Monday's festivities. We debated going to the Rap on Tuesday but stayed local to PLO due to our success and figuring a repeat because with the exception of less wind the forecast was the same as Monday. Welp the light wind forecast brought out the masses. On Monday we saw maybe a total of 20 boats whereas on Tuesday there were ~ 150 boats and the skies were sunny. Birds again showed us the way to the promised land but it was like a soccer match with five year olds all converging on the one ball. Yeah, we were one of those five year olds chasing the birds as they formed up and got busted up by 20 boats descending upon them. We did manage ~ 20 keeper sized rock again to 30 inches. On one of our last successful stop and drops of the day we saw a working boat pulling up a gill net. Holy hell did that net hold a lot of rock. He very well could have scooped half of the school we got on top of. Kinda perturbing to watch them keep everything they netted while we could not keep a single fish. Oh, we primarily jigged metal both days with almost all fish being caught bouncing bottom in 30 - 40' of water.
Side note: Around 2:30 on Tuesday with action having pretty much ground to a halt and the flat seas we decided to make a run into Virginia waters in the hopes of marking some fish and taking home some table fare. We swung past Smith Point light and looped west near to the Great Wicomico and headed back north along the shore. No sign of life in VA waters but more nets of death. There were very well marked gill nets hanging for as far as my eyes could see. View attachment 280463
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