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I remember back in the day,, keep reading, when you could drift off the beach and catch flounder and other line tuggers. Not anymore!

I remeber when I could leave the dock with the hope of catching yellowfin tuna. That was some time back.

We have been blessed with an annual, repeating blue fin bite each summer. I guess fishing must be good and this must be the blue fin part of the cycle and the yellow fin bite will come back, right???

Just a thought from me but the ONLY reason we have a blue fin bite left is because those fish are here to filli up on the sand eels. These sand eels are on the short list not being wiped out by the commercial fishery!

Does anyone have any idea of the number of Tractor Trailers filled with fish that get caught, unloaded and shipped out of Cape May? Do we know how many of the bait fish off our coast are being swiped up out of our oceans?:eek::eek::eek: Literally *THOUSANDS of tractor trailers are filling up and taking our fish up the parkway!!**

Commercial fisherman will catch what is closest to the coast and work their way out! What are the predators going to eat when the commercial guys clear out? They will keep moving out further until we cant reach their food source. I guess I am being selffish to think that my kids wont ever ask their buddies to go yellow fin tuna fishing..... I hope I am wrong!!
 

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This is not the time to be stirrin this pot. We are under attack and need to stick together with commercial fisherman or we all lose. Besides we all buy bait that was caught by a professional fisherman or trade for a bucket of scallop guts. There are a lot of good people who stand to lose a family tradition and buisness and when all the private owners are gone all that will be left is big companies with big factory ships that will buy up the rights for the resource and cut us out. Think about it.
 

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This is not the time to be stirrin this pot. We are under attack and need to stick together with commercial fisherman or we all lose. Besides we all buy bait that was caught by a professional fisherman or trade for a bucket of scallop guts. There are a lot of good people who stand to lose a family tradition and buisness and when all the private owners are gone all that will be left is big companies with big factory ships that will buy up the rights for the resource and cut us out. Think about it.
Why can't he say what he wants if it isn't hurting anyone? Buying bait from professional fisherman is nothing compared to those that don't abide by laws and wipe out the ocean. There are good commercial fisherman and there are BAD commercial fisherman. It's really not regulated well enough, so the bad ones get away with it. I know there are a lot of good people who stand to lose a family tradition, but do you know why they stand to lose that family tradition??? Because of the bad commercial fisherman! Like I said, they are not all bad! It's the bad ones that ruin it for the rest of us, both commercial and recreational.
 

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Why can't he say what he wants if it isn't hurting anyone? Buying bait from professional fisherman is nothing compared to those that don't abide by laws and wipe out the ocean. There are good commercial fisherman and there are BAD commercial fisherman. It's really not regulated well enough, so the bad ones get away with it. I know there are a lot of good people who stand to lose a family tradition, but do you know why they stand to lose that family tradition??? Because of the bad commercial fisherman! Like I said, they are not all bad! It's the bad ones that ruin it for the rest of us, both commercial and recreational.

I was gonna stay away from this but sorry I can't !!!! We're not regulated enough ???? Do you know that a drug dealer and a sexual predator have more rights then we do. 95% of our fleet is tracked by NMFS , Reporting , dealer reporting. I could go on and on for hours on the topic of our regulations and laws. Please take my word for it the grass isn't greener on the other side. Take a look around a Comm Fishing port ie Cape May there isn't to many places to hide a comm boat is there. So it is very easy for the C/Os to police us and they do , And yes the Foolish ones do get caught. If you would like a good read get your hands on a copy of the last state meetings enforcement report. I think that will clearly show who and what are not playing by the rules.
 

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Wow, I thought I couldnt have been any clearer with what I said. I did not say all commercial fisherman are bad. In fact, I said many are good. I think I said that about 3 times. It was not an attack at you. Plus, I did not attack Cape May commercial fisherman either. Look around the nation and then the world and tell me I'm wrong. You can't. Look at the bluefin across the Atlantic for example.
 

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Wow, I thought I couldnt have been any clearer with what I said. I did not say all commercial fisherman are bad. In fact, I said many are good. I think I said that about 3 times. It was not an attack at you. Plus, I did not attack Cape May commercial fisherman either. Look around the nation and then the world and tell me I'm wrong. You can't. Look at the bluefin across the Atlantic for example.

We can't do a blessed thing about other countries. Unfortunately we are the leaders world wide and other less regulated countries don't fallow us.

BTW I know my response is lame but thats the truth !!!!:huh:
 

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Another BTW

Please keep this in mind WE both Comms and Recs of the US have done some damage to fish stocks. Mainly before we had regs in place really pre 90's or late 80's. I strongly feel that the regs in place now for comms and recs are way way way out of control. But we can not dwell on the past at the same time we can not forget the past and allow ourselves to let history repeat. I don't think history will ever repeat anytime soon with the Nazi like raceme known as NMFS.
 
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