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08-20-2009 06:12 PM
REELING 65 I remember when things were simple.Back when you did not even need a saltwater fishing license.Every year the govt,steps in with more rules on our fishing.I think if one species of fish over populates.This in turn will hurt the other species.We should have a 4 fish limit all year long.Red snapper are tough.They populate very well.I lived in florida for over 23 years.I can tell you that I could catch 5 to 8 lb fish in the bay near the sunshine skyway bridge.Also under docks in tierra verde.The scientists are not avid fisherman as we are.Keep (our rights alive)speaking up!The sea is our home!
08-20-2009 04:31 PM
Originally Posted by Seahorse08 View Post
Crabtree is a tree full of craps
I was sorta dyslexic when I grew up, so instead of calling them crab traps, I called them "trab craps." My Dad thought that was hysterically funny, after saying that was NOT a good thing to say in front of Mom and the ladies.
08-20-2009 04:02 PM
Seahorse08 Crabtree is a tree full of craps
08-20-2009 03:15 PM
tokavi At least Dr. Shipp is trying to do it the right way. Research, evaluate data, make an informed decision. Glad he is on our side. Unlike Crabtree, decide what I want to do, cram it down everyones throats, spend any extra time trying to stop rec. fishermen from catching snapper. I don't care if it's alonger season or more fish I just want to be able to keep some of those pesky live bait eating red snapper. Drive you nuts trying to catch something besides them. Never thought i would gripe because the snapper were to numerous catch.
08-20-2009 02:00 PM
Mont With Bob Shipp at the helm, we just might see a turn around in the red snapper mess. Mike Thierry is another person with a long involvement in this process and sits on the Red Snapper AP. Shipp is the one that says the current data is being misinterpreted. There could be some light at the end of this 20 year long tunnel. We will have to see.
08-20-2009 12:37 PM
capt. stealth Again It goes in cycles. I agree it should go back to 4 fish but I would rather see a 7 fish limit. 2, 4 or 7 fish limits don't matter. It goes in cycles although I think the limits will help a longer season would be nice too.
2009 snapper season so easy a Caveman can do it!
08-20-2009 12:27 PM
Swells While the NMFS in it's infinite wisdom says that it's "missing" the 10 year old snapper population, exactly the opposite is true - there are so many medium and large red snapper that they're eating their own young, tearing up the triggerfish, and causing damage to other fish populations as well, perhaps even grouper especially like the Rock Hind.

I think that's a big problem. We need to cull these red snapper down, just like with deer we cull down the deer numbers on our ranches so they have a sustainable range and amount of food. Very high numbers of red snapper could end up negatively affecting the biodiversity of the northern Gulf. We could end up with nothing but red snapper and shark in the Gulf if we aren't careful.

That's the goobermint for ya!
08-20-2009 11:10 AM
Tiny Year round w/a 2 fish limit wouldn't hurt my feelings....
08-20-2009 11:09 AM
TheSamarai the snappers are so thick down here in louisiana its hard to hook into anything else at the rigs. And these are at the very close in rigs where everyone stops before heading out. We actually have to set out limit at around 22-23 inch or we would be done in 5-10 minutes.
08-20-2009 11:08 AM

I have noticed the number and overall size of red snapper has increased, especially in the past three years. However, there is no doubt in my mind the grey trigger population has been reduced, possibly due to the imbalance of the substantial population of red snapper.

Perhaps the NOAA should focus on the shortage of weedlines and spend all of their time in the Sargasso Sea to determine the cause instead of using junk science to wrongfully regulate the red snapper fishery.

Personally, I would be in favor of a longer season with a two-fish limit rather than a short season with a four per person limit.

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