\r\n The week of May 6th a dorey ran a net from the beach out maybe two to three hundred yards. Hard to know for sure. Left it out a most of the day then pulled it in with their truck. I talked some to the family that ran it out nice people. With sons, father, friend, and wife all helping. They were after what they called Butterfly fish. A skinny silver fish that looked somewhat like a pompano. They caught a whole lot of them. Never seen one caught on hook and line from the beach.\r\n
\r\nIt was amazing to me the types of fish they caught once you got out a ways past the outer bar. I never would have thought so many fish were within 500 yards of the beach. They caught speckled trout, amber jack, black drum, sheepshead, Flounder, Cow nose rays, southern stingrays, sea mullet,bluefish. And maybe a some I missed.
\r\nSome of the trout must have gone 5lbs or more.
\r\nNow none of the twenty or so stripers were allowed to be kept and the family did not feel good about having to throw the 20 or so stripers back dead.
\r\nAlso the undersize trout had to go back dead, As did the amberjack. I guess any undersize fish is required by law not to be kept.
\r\nI really did not have as much compassion for the thirty or forty rays that got shoveled back in by the wife. She was working hard to get them back into the water as quick as possible.
\r\nI could tell the family was aware that the 20 or so people watching them may have feelings about their netting.
\r\nIT was intresting to watch them work. It was great the family did this together. I just have wonder what impact such beach fishing has on the resource.
\r\nIdeally it would be very small. But I truly don\'t know for sure.\r\n