i will make one other comment that is the menhaden fishery, if that could be closed for one or two years, we would have fantastic flounder and striper fishing. but hey how can you blame them there getting 2 whole cents for every pound!
Absolutely. The menhaden fleet pulls up all the good stuff also, and you think they report it? If they pull up a school of feeding striper, it all gets ground up for catfood because 1)It's dead and 2) they don't want it on the books. They also use planes to spot the schools. I don't know why the crab-dredgers are even still alowed to operate. As far as N.C. is concerned, they are the worst state for regs. The good-ole boys arent about to let someone tell them when to fish for striper They just fish every other day (not including weekends, of course). The flounder have been hurt so bad that they were forced to put out a moratorum for a few months last year (the wine flowed of the messageboards). Now everything is fine, and the flounder can be taken at 15 inches, no problem. ever wonder what happened to the big blues? Well I am of the belief that they were ground up into catfood for .02 a pound as well. They were never really protected, not being highly prized as food. I think the bay has been raped over the last 30 years. Yea I can still go out and fill a cooler of croaker or 14 inch trout, but ive got fear that I may be telling my grandkids about it like these were the golden days. If it were up to me all trawling and commercial fishing would be stopped. Boy oh boy, I've done it now. I'll be getting some nasty feedback on that one. Commies Bring it on, folks!
yea one other story, my old boss's family is from knots island. her brothers are crab dregers in the curratuck sound, last fall she said they were getting a 10,000 lb by catch every week composed of black drum and flounder some very large, she's like i can get you lots of fish for dirt cheap, I was like what about crabs, she says yea they have a few?
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