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New Fishing Tourny on Block Island.

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Just saw this news - thought I'd share it as I don't see it elsewhere:



 



New Block Island fishing tourney



 



The 2012 Block Island Striped Bass Tournament will run from June 1 to July 7, said PBR’s Rob Reilly, and offer $25,000 in prize money, with separate categories for largest fish and on-shore fishermen. The tourney will cover state waters and the principal weigh-in station will be on Block Island. Entry will be $30. Organizers envision it as an annual event.



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From BI times:

 

 

"With a 35-pound minimum and a one-fish-a-day limit, the tourney has been “set up to reduce mortality,” said another company rep. The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management is to send over personnel to take tissue and skin samples for striped bass monitoring."

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If you are in a one fish a day tourney, and you get your 35+ LB bass for the day, what are the odds you are going to keep fishing and risk blowing up the spot for the following day, and also increase the chance of mortality of any subsequently caught fish? Now, if you are the most aggressive C&R proponent on the planet and you are onto 35+ pounders, what are the odds you are going to release one and go home?:)

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Sorry folks, but a one fish per day tournament with a minimum of 35# to enter - short of an impossible C&R only tournament, that sounds like an incredibly well thought out conservation angle on this event.

 

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