Posted by captjim on March 16, 2018 at 22:36:43:
In Reply to: Re: Contact your local lawmakers posted by Mark A on March 15, 2018 at 22:44:41:
It always makes me sad to read things like "...the only way to prevent overfishing..." and "got fished out" It will not improve the numbers or size of the fish you catch in ClarksHill if you set the creel limit at ZERO. SPORT fishing (not COMMERCIAL fishing) has little impact on fish populations in a lake the size of ClarksHill. If you admit that the guides are catching fish consistently, then reducing their creel numbers by half will not make a significant difference in availability of fish to YOU. Those guides fish often, know all the seasonal patterns, right down to exact dates and locations where they catch fish any day of the year. They've worked for that knowledge. They've earned it. They know far better than I how to catch stripers consistently. I choose not to blame others for my inability to catch fish. I just try to get better at it by using real science and actual experience. I change rigs, change presentations, change tackle, experiment, whatever it takes to catch fish. The best way I've found is to actually go fishing as often as possible, 'cuz I ain't got nuthin' sittin' at home. You can look at years-long creel limit implementations all over this country for decades, in all sizes of lakes; they all come to the same conclusion - NO difference in overall fish populations or relative size of fish by limiting or prohibiting the keeping of fish (in large reservoirs). (btw Lake Cherokee is what, 50 acres?) Keep in mind that when a limit is imposed by law, it will never be lifted, it is permanent. Please think twice about taking away yet another of our rights as citizens to harvest our natural resources.
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