Just heard the bluefish restrictions take effect February 1st in North Carolina according to Carolina Sportsman. https://www.carolinasportsman.com/fishing/offshore-fishing/bluefish-limit-for-nc-anglers-being-reduced-feb-1/
Exactly what price are you paying? If you are a recreational angler as are most on this site you fish for fun. You can not wait a few years to let the species rebound?Just like the flounder and other fish. We pay the price while the commercial fishery’s rape the hell out of the ocean. Last October when I wasn’t allowed to keep flounder I seen several small boats in the back bays stringing nets across the entire channel. Commercial flounder netting they said. Well that’s nice. Rape away while we pay the price.
I catch my own bait. I don’t need to buy it. And the negative decline on flounders isn’t because of recreational fisherman it’s due to commercial. Anyone knows that. I mean stopping recreational fisherman from being able to keep flounder and blues but at the same time allowing commercial raping and decimating of the same species is stupid.If you praise having fresh mullet and fatback on one hand and condemn the same exact fisherman for being allowed to take flounder when it is permitted, does that make you a hypocrite or does it just make you self centered?
Folks like yourself "COULD BE" the reason it is how it is.......... It's not about "fair" it is about divide... The reg sucks and we are in FULL agreement about that at least.......So you think it's fair a charter person can keep 60% more then what you get to keep. If theyre allowed 5 and your allowed 3 thats almost double your limit when claims are that populations are so bad you can only keep 3 but it's ok for that guy to keep 5. If it's so bad there shouldn't be commercial harvest. You can paint it as rec vs commercial but it's really a messed up law. The commercial and charter guys won't say a thing because again they get the better hand. People who don't speak up are the reason it is how it is.
Will not try and convince you of anything, except to show a little respect to the people of Hatteras if you come up to Shark Fish on their Island.You have no idea the impact of commercial fishing versus recreational fishing. Also I've never heard of a single commercial fishery do anything to give back to the fishery it's 100% take for them. At least 5% of recs participate in some form of helping the fishery. How does someone deserve more right to a natural resource then someone else just because they sell it? Especially if that resourcea is in need of recovery. If their still allowed to decimate the fishery it won't recover and then limits will be zero and the fishery will only be good in stories of the past. There are plenty of other ways to make money, and there is no way you can convince me that is the only way for them to make a living. Agricultural and developmental impacts are a hole other story and argument.
What do you do if there is no bait to catch along the shorelines? Sit around and bitch? My advice would be to stay out of Teddy's spotsI catch my own bait. I don’t need to buy it. And the negative decline on flounders isn’t because of recreational fisherman it’s due to commercial. Anyone knows that. I mean stopping recreational fisherman from being able to keep flounder and blues but at the same time allowing commercial raping and decimating of the same species is stupid.