Let's take jetty country out of the equation for a moment....If we were to just talk about fishermen getting kicked around and bullied by the gov't, how many other fishermen out there are sick of that.....sick enough that they are mad to do something about it?.....I know I am....and a few others of us are.....but many of the rest, accept this bullying....thinking there is nothing we can do.......we need to overcome that mentality....and realize that every one of us....can make a difference...if we get mad enough to stick together.....As fishermen we get no love from our government.
Some of you have vented your frustrations with the Magnusson-Stevens act when it comes to our fisheries management.
Others are angry about NY getting some of NJs flounder quota.
All the govt seems to do is kick the fisherman around. NOAA, ASMFC, NMFS, ACOE... They have all made it harder to enjoy our sport.
1. in South Jersey, we have had the same issues for much longer. Three years ago, they were backing ten wheelers onto Brigantine beach and dumping thousand of tons of sand into the surf.
2. From LBI south, this has been the solution of choice and there has been a direct relationship to the surf fishing decline.
3. But now that Sandy has moved this solution up north, it has reached critical levels. Why is that? Last season, I saw more complaints from surf anglers up north about the invasion of "non locals" coming there to fish.
4. Fact is, if you want to catch fish off the beach, you need to go where the conditions are conducive to attract them.
5. So while I care what is now happening, I have to wonder why it is now more important. I agree it needs to be addressed but it needs to be addressed for the entire state, not just certain areas.
All of you new guys and members should make it your business to get to know Fred......he is one of the old salts....has seen many a change....many for the worse....just an hour or two, a chance to pick his brains, and hear him share his stories......would be an eye-opening experience that you could not get at any seminar or fishing show....or any magazine......Michael you are absolutely right, they destroyed our beaches and now they are heading north
I moved back from California in the fall of 2003, just over 10 years ago, and since then, Corson's Inlet State Park has been dredged 3, 4, or 5 times -- it's been so many times that I can't remember. And there's another dredging project scheduled for this year.You can cover a clam bed with sand and they will push back up to the level that is most comfortable for them. But if you keep doing it over and over again, the habitat will eventually die out.
Sad commentary but true none the less. In addition to spraying the back bays, I have been calling for a moratorium on lawn chemicals for years. The run off kills the eel grasses which in turn kills off the grass shrimp and on and on. Try walking on the beach in Longport or Margate in the middle of the summer at noon and count how long it is before someone in "authority" shows up to tell you that you can't fish. I assume that it happens in Stone Harbor and other shore beaches. Some have designated areas but that is a joke as well. Fish where we tell you not where the fish are. It's all about the dollars and you are correct, we just don't meet the criteria. So all we can do is leverage our power. Pick out a politician and focus on him/her. But I have been saying this for years. Send a message. You might be surprised. Those of you in the north be careful with Pallone. He is only your friend when he thinks he can get your vote. Or that your vote is harmless. His wife is a director with the EPA and he will vote whatever way she wants and then he will flat out deny why he did so.Tourists = $$$. The shore towns will always make efforts to keep them coming back. Most -by far- Tourists dont surf fish,but they of course love the beach,and I'm sure that Most of them would rather NOT see 'grungy' fishermen and smelling bait when they are laying about the sand. Also - a big 'selling/draw point' that a beach resort area advertise is a CLEAN BEACH,add the fact that when you are in the surf enjoying the waves and what not there are NO shells and crabs and what not attacking your feet. Beach replenishment does a few things that would draw tourists -- Bigger beach,cleaner beach(no clams being washed up from storms) and NO 'life' to worry about your feet getting bit or stepping on sharp shells. Beach Replenishment is a WIN-WIN for shore towns to keep tourists happy and coming back. Surf fishermen add very little $$ to these towns compared to Tourists. Another case about $$ winning over any arguments of sbustaining and protecting 'wild-life'(sea creatures that inhabit the shorelines). I think we fishermen have NO chance to turn this around!
Another issue is over-spraying the back bays with insecticides -to keep the tourists from getting bit). These poisons are also killing the food sources of game fish. Less food - less fish. No reason to cruise the back bays to feed.