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Posted by Matthew Anderson on July 13, 2018 at 09:20:09:

In Reply to: STRIPER CLUB CHALLENGE posted by Mark A on July 12, 2018 at 11:51:03:

This is a very interesting topic and obviously one that deserves consideration from multiple view points. For those that tend to say that they have no problem catching decent fish most of the time they venture out, I believe that you speaking the truth, but I believe that you are missing the greater conversation. This is not a conversation about today, this week, this month, this year, or the next five years. This is a conversation about heritage, and the future of striped bass fishing that is going to be passed down from this generation and generations past, to our kids and grandkids. In todayís world of consumerism, and disposable goods, there are too many of us that take for granted the opportunities that are in front of us. There are too many of us who look to other people or organizations to take care of the resources that we use individually. The point that those in favor of stricter conservation are trying to articulate is that ďdecentĒ or ďadultĒ fish are not what they use to be historically. That point is not only true for Hartwell and Clarks Hill, but for many other lakes and tributaries that people fish. I did not grow up on Lake Hartwell, but I did grow up on a lake very similar. It was not uncommon to run over schools of 30 or 50 fish all in the 10lb-20lb category, and when those fish came up to top water, the hybrid/striper action of today would pale in comparison. On that same lake today, the guys who fish it frequently struggle to locate a school of 5-20 fish no matter the weight category, and a 20lb plus fish is rare. Iím sure that the older guys who fished Hartwell in the late 80ís or early 90ís could tell you similar stories, and I would love to hear them or see some pictures. There are many organizations like DNR that do a great job restocking fish, but they cannot sustain the conservation by themselves. There are many more people with lines in the water today, and with the advancement in technology, itís much easier to locate and put the bait in front of the fish even when they are not in a schooling action. Those of you who use to find the fish with flasherís like the hummingbird super sixty understand. For the young fisherman that have only ever known small schools of 2-10lb fish, it hard to imagine a time where that wasnít the norm. We want to be successful on our fishing trips, hunting trips, and golf outings. We want to give fish toothaches and have bragging rights on our friends. The guides want to put fish on the lines for their clients. The trophy hunters want to hang the one that they have to chase with the boat for a few minutes. Massive fish killís donít help the population, but neither does fisherman who takes limits, just because they can. The weekenders want to put some fish on ice for the next fish fry. We all have different and equally important goals for what we want striped bass fishing to be, but we all must work together. This conservation is about each individual fisherman taking responsibility for their own action. For that matter every sportsman taking responsibility so that our heritage and the things that we love can be passed down for our kids to love and enjoy. My hope for this post is not to upset anyone, but to provide another perspective to consider for those open to it. Remember, just because you can, doesnít mean you should. Make good decisions not only for today, but for the years to come. May your lines be tight and your adventures be memorable.

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