Did you go to the meetings and vote ?I think it is time to remove this category. The last thing I want to see on PFF is a report about a charter guy catching RS when I cannot. The charter guys have taken from us what should be for all, and we need to understand they are not our fridens.
I have to step in here, we they on the short end for now, are recreational fishermen, with careers off the water. Where fishing is your vocation it is our avocation, and there are way more rec anglers than pro anglers. If you want to get nit picky the rec industry is what keep the marinas open and fuel cost somewhat more respectable, if you want to argue that point go ask the management where you are parked if they can survive on the charter industry. Up to this point we have worked together for the betterment of the fishing experience, but several of your brothers will find in short time they have *hit their kit if you know what I mean. Personally there are a couple of CFH guys I will still use but for or against Amd 40 they were smart and kept it to themselves, but in the end it is us working rec guys that spend a lot of money in our respective fishing locals that make things much easier on the bottom line of the CFH group. If you don't believe me go ask one of the old guys working the 50s and 60s if they think they could pull off today what they did back then, regulation and enforcement was non existent then and heaven knows you did not have the liability issues then. Talk to them about fuel supplies and dock delivery, tackle which most made their own, and other ammenities that fuel taxes have paid for. Yes ARS are way overrated but it is nice to be able to go catch a fresh quick dinner without breaking the fuel budget, and I bet your captain sums them up the same way.I mate on a charter boat in destin and honestly didn't care either way. There's always white snapper and mingos. We stayed busy last year and I'm sure we'll be just fine next year. But I feel like if you didn't go to the meetings you have no right to piss and moan about it. I honestly think snapper are way over rated
I am not saying that all charter captains are bad persons. BUT I am saying we are on different sides of the fence, and have different agends. I am sure 90% or more of the fisherman on this site are rec fisherman. I would hope this site will support the rec fishmen and not the charter guys. If not I am gone. The charter guys drew the line in the sand not the rec guys. We never ask for fish that would not be allowed to the charter guys. It is sad, but it is time to know whitch side the forum is on?
dsaito, there are a few things that you and I agree on as I have stated earlier. There are other fish that are every bit as good as snapper to me, opinion. Both charter and rec guys sometimes fish for other fish besides snapper, fact. All rec guys are not allowed to posses ARS as the open season is now closed to them, law. There are some specially permitted commercial guys with paying customers that are allowed to possess ARS, law. Voting is not voicing an opinion, law, it is a right. It may be ones opinion that the candidate they choose is best, maybe that's also where we agree without getting into semantics. I also think that there are a lot of people that agree Obama is doing a great job as a president, opinion. One thing I guess we don't agree on is why one person should be able to keep a certain type fish and another may not. How is that fair? There are open & closed seasons for several species of animals and fish and all of them apply to everyone the same way except snapper.I have no doubt there is more rec guys than charter fisherman. If everyone of y'all would have gone and voiced your opinion it may have had a different outcome. There are plenty of other fish the fish for. It just bothers me when people complain and they didn't voice their opinion. No different than a presidential election