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Jun 05 2014

Why we are Seeing Striped Bass Numbers Decline – It’s not the reasons a lot of people think says Capt. John McMuray.

Striped Bass Fishing Fly Fishing Chesapeake BayCapt. John McMurray recently wrote an article explaining that a lot of people blame commercial fishing for the recent decline in striped bass along the eastern seaboard and Chesapeake bay. Capt. John suggests in the article that the real culprit is actually recreational anglers who account for for much more of the striped bass mortality. It’s an age old debate and while technically Capt. John is correct that rec anglers kill more stripers, I ask is it even worth wasting any time debating?Isn’t that whole discussion really about “allocation”.

Shouldn’t the real focus be on the “total number of stripers killed by both recs and commercials” if we are going to try and save the east coast striped bass population?

And even more important I might suggest is that it is not the recs or the commercials that are responsible, it’s the fisheries managers. Recs and commercials (at least the ones who follow the rules on both sides) follow rules that are made by Fisheries Managers.

If anyone really wants to get something done, I would not waste another word talking or writing about what the recs do or what the commercial guys do or how it is split, that’s allocation. If that is important to you then roll with it, but if you are worried about the overall population, spend the time focused on the total number of striped bass killed and talking about the Fisheries Managers who make the rules. Get the Fisheries Managers to change the rules that recs and commercial anglers follow. Anything short of that is not going to get anything done and is just good water cooler conversation to shoot the sh*t .

Read Capt. John’s article and you decide if my take is right or wrong.

note: Capt. John and I are friends and I respect all his opinions; we’ve had some good debates and in general agree on most things. However, in this case I believe we need to all get focused on the right subject to actually get something done.

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