Well I'm taking the money baby! Imma take the money, gonna move to Iowa and start a cannabis farm! God bless striped bass!!
But really.....Nooooooo catch shares for striped bass.....Ever!
As I have said 1.2 gazillion times......The comm. striped bass fishery in Mass. was always utilized by all sorts of citizens and it should stay that way.
What has really ruined this fishery is the micro management by the state. Shouldn't really blame them because they were only trying to get the most bang for the buck per commercially caught fish. This practice though increased the value of these fish so much that it attracted the attention of a lot of pirates.
Just to make a point....20 years ago there was a spike in price of hydrangea blooms. Wholesalers that provided florists with these blooms were paying 3 to 4 bucks a bloom. The buyers would buy the blooms from whoever walked in the door with a bunch. People were walking up in the morning and finding their hydrangeas clipped of all blooms! Just saying.....Greed makes people do this stuff. It's not a commercial fishing thing it's a people thing.
If they opened the bass fishery up to more days it would cause a drop in price....Good!! That would make poaching bass less attractive to these scumbags.
Real commercial guys try and put together a years pay by utilizing 6 or 7 different fisheries in a year. No big deal to me if the bass season is only open for 4 weeks. That's 4 weeks pay I don't have to worry about. It's not us that wants to stretch this silly lil fishery out and squeeze every little dollar out of each fish.
I have no problem with anyone selling bass but I don't think the fishery should be managed for those guys who just summer comm. fish. Most of those guys do striped bass and maybe sea bass and that's it!