Posted by Straight shooter on March 20, 2018 at 08:30:47:
In Reply to: Re: Contact your local lawmakers posted by captjim on March 16, 2018 at 22:36:43:
The striped bass should not entirely be considered a natural resource, considering it does not naturally reproduce in the lake mentioned in this post. Basically what it boils down to is you guides are making a living at the tax payers expense. I realize all the members of the guide party are also tax payers. There have been post after post on this board from disgruntled fisherman, unable to be as successful as in the past. Its about odds. Fact is there are nowhere near as many fish in Hartwell or Clarks Hill. Yes, guides go out and catch them daily. We get it. However the guides have day after day to locate them and not only that, they scratch each other's back to help make paychecks. For the fisherman that only gets out infrequently by choice or by necessity, the odds of locating fish quickly are sure not what they used to be. Even if these fish did reproduce, with all the pressure they get, I seriously doubt replinishment stocking wouldnt be needed. It happened to the spottail bass, SCDNR changed the regulations and now that fishery is strong. It happened at Santee, again the SCDNR changed the regulations and it is rebounding, and I might add none of those regulations remained permanent as you stated they would before. Its all about checks and balances, and I dont mean those of the guides. Its about tax paying citizens being able to enjoy the fruits of their labor.
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