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About jps1010

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  • About Me:
    Creator of cell phone app called the Fisherman's Mobile Weigh Station.
  • Interests (Hobbies, favorite activities, etc.):
    Promoting catch & release
  • What I do for a living:
    Sr. Business Mgr.

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    Long Island

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  1. Its hard to say something negative about someone that obviously respects the fishery and understands you don't need a dead fish to prove a point. I hope others follow your lead.
  2. Beautiful fish and great job on the release. Congrats.
  3. I didn't go to dinner that night knowing there were big fish around and I had a reasonable chance at catching one of them which I ended up doing just that. I wouldn't have blown off celebrating my birthday and my mother's for a reasonable chance at catching rats. The size of the fish and the realistic chance at catching one of them is what had me going 100 times a season. When I first moved out to the island from Brooklyn 10 years ago I ended up meeting a number of guys at a local spot not too far from my house. Out of all those guys, only 1 one of them still puts any time into fishing. The rest more or less stopped going.
  4. Nope. The amount of fish I can catch and release factors into whether or not I would go fishing.
  5. As a matter of fact, I'll take a it step further. I was considering heading out tonight but I am probably going to pass. Personally, it is not worth my time or effort to go when I know I only have a legit shot at catching small schoolies. If this was a few years ago, a shot at keeper plus sized fish would be worth going into work the next day tired. A few years ago I passed on going to dinner with my parents to celebrate our birthdays. Its a good thing I did, I caught my largest bass to date on that night.
  6. You're 100% correct. Last year I went a third of the time compared to a few years ago when fishing was much better. I even spent less than half of what I spent a few years ago on fishing related equipment. We become interested in fishing when there are actually fish to catch. Don't get me wrong, I like to being out on the beach by the water but if that is all I wanted, I would merely grab my wife and go for a walk.
  7. Yep, this is exactly why we need fisheries management and cannot be left to our own devices. At least in the 80s we had big blues to fill the void the poor bass fishing had left. Now. outside of a few decent weeks in the spring, there are no blues.
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  9. As you know we have been down this road before so I don't think we need to recreate the wheel. Even back in the 80s there were plenty of different arguments as to what should be done to correct the problem. There were moratoriums and 1 @ 36". This is what worked. A variation of this should be re-implemented. It doesn't need to be as strict but something along those lines which is why I think the size limit, especially in the Chessie should be increased. Keep in mind I am basing my suggestion off of history.
  10. I had chosen 1 @ 36" not on a whim but based off of what had worked the last time. During that time there were also countless conversations on how to resolve this same problem.
  11. Thanks. I don't love the 35" and think we probably should push for 36" since that is what worked once before and because it also increases the probably of getting back to target. What are your thoughts on addressing the Chesapeake? It makes no sense that the size limit there is so small especially when we are depending on these fish to sustain the population. They should at least have the ability to spawn before they are culled.
  12. Thanks for sharing this. A few questions come to mind which I am sure you can address. Maybe I am wrong but at a glance this doesn't look too promising. The more I think about it, the more crappy it appears. Why 35" and not 36" like what was used in the past? Also, why do we continue to kill bass that haven't had a chance to spawn or even grow? Do we know for certain these fish are predominantly male? Bass can live over 20 years but we will kill them at <= 4 years of age in MD and VA? I don't know. That doesn't make sense to me. A 17% reduction doesn't sound like much. A few years ago weren't we looking at close to double that reduction which didn't even work. Shouldn't we be considering more restrictive measures to ensure we don't continue down this same path? Maybe it's me but I feel like they are yanking our chain again. Please tell me I am wrong.
  13. The short shortsightedness of some of these shops is part of the problem and I choose, which is my right, not to give my business to people who are part of the problem and choose not to do anything about it. They should realize that they have already been losing my business as is. A few years ago I spent a few thousand dollars on fishing related equipment. Last year, I spent less than half of that. The reason for this, the lack of striped bass and bluefish. This kill em all mentality is the reason why I had had horrible fishing for a number of years now and will continue for the foreseeable future. If striped bass were an infinite resource, I would be fine with people taking as many as they like. The problem is, it isn't. I have to say, I don't feel bad for any of them. Not when I am in my 40s, sitting here working on my graduate school paper, fishing up my 3rd degree and contemplating a 4th next January while working full time. As soon as I am done with my second paper of the weekend, I have to get caught up on some house work. So point being, most of us are working hard too.
  14. That's brutal. Not only is it short-sighted, it's irresponsible. That's like saying I'm not going to worry about saving my money for retirement because I might not be here tomorrow. I wish I knew who that was so I can speak with my wallet and not support his views.
  15. Good. Its about time they started waking up. After all, a number of us on here have been saying there has been a problem for years.