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Old 07-23-2011, 07:48 AM   #1
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Default Bottom fishing purgatory and other grumblings

We've been in bottom fishing purgatory with all of these concurrent closed seasons right now. With Grouper, Red Snapper, and AJ's all closed July 19-31, it seems like some poor planning on the part of the FWC. If we have to have closed seasons on some of the most popular target species, wouldn't it be in the best interest of everyone involved to have at least one of them open when another closes? Recreational fishermen, charter operators, tourists, and local businesses that depend on tourism and fishing related dollars all lose in this deal. How many people plan their gulf fishing vacation around mingo snapper?

I doubt moving the red snapper closing date to the right or reopening AJs right after snapper closes would really have a significant impact on their conservation efforts. With all of these changing rules, closed seasons, lobby influenced decisions, and robocop officers, its no wonder fishermen are losing faith in the FWC.

Sorry had to vent a little...
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Old 07-23-2011, 10:31 AM   #2
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You can still go fishing , Is it not still fun if you box is not full ???? If you are fishing just for food , it would be cheaper to buy fish at the Market !!!
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the sad fact is there are WAY too many red snapper... overpopulating.. running off grouper and other less aggressive species.. just like everything with this Administration in D.C... no business men or fishermen.. just unemployed law students... we need to harvest the snapper.. for the local economy ( JOBS ) & real estate values.. Obama doesn't understand why nobody is hiring ?
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You can still go fishing , Is it not still fun if you box is not full ???? If you are fishing just for food , it would be cheaper to buy fish at the Market !!!


I agree my best snapper this year were caught between April and May. We had a blast of course nothing much to show for when returning to nthe docks. And the biggest ones we pulled up were pulled up while targeting beeliners.
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Old 07-23-2011, 12:35 PM   #5
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Of course I'm not going to stop fishing, but there's a certain satisfaction in catching your own meal. Besides just this, the business arguments make sense considering the rough time local businesses had last year with the oil spill fallout.

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