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  • lemaymiamilemaymiami Posts: 4,909 Captain
    Once again conservation forces here in Florida have prevailed. My thanks to all involved.... For those new to these kind of issues this battle is only the latest in a 20 year effort to attack, modify, or just plain overturn the most successful conservation measure ever taken here in Florida. We'll have to keep supporting the CCA and every other outfit that's willing to fight this sort of BS because the other side will be back sooner or later...
    Tight Lines
    Bob LeMay
    (954) 435-5666
  • surfmansurfman Posts: 6,017 Admiral
    Unfortunately I feel many today are taking it for granted, there are many up and coming 20 and even 30 somthings that think that the great fishing we are enjoying today has always been this way. We may not be so lucky next time. Please support CCA.
    Tight Lines, Steve
    My posts are my opinion only.

    Be thankful we're not getting all the government we're paying for.  Will Rogers
  • Spanky DunlapSpanky Dunlap Posts: 703 Officer
    You are right on Surfman. I believe many of the younger generation of fisherman think that the flats have always been full of Mullet, Gator Trout and over-slot Redfish. I hope we can convince them to be vigilant and ready to defend the resource after we are gone.
  • FS Karl SnapperFS Karl Snapper Posts: 285 Officer
    Good words, all, let's keep swinging.

    And hopefully, a more enlightened FWC, will address the loophole by which cast gill nets are used in some places, completely contrary to the intent of the net ban constitutional amendment.

    The wording of the amendment was intended to simply identify a traditional cast net as a type of seine net. Never was it supposed to allow cast nets to be large-mesh gill nets. Traditional cast nets were not gill nets.

    Anyway, it's clear that the FWC can make regulations more restrictive than the net ban amendment. So all the FWC needs to do is define a cast as having braille lines, a horn and max mesh size of no more than two inches. (That's the max for seine nets.)

    By the way, Texas does not allow cast nets other than for bait. Good idea.
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