Gov Jon Bel Edwards made a statement today from the steps of the State capitol, expressing his support for DWF Secretary Charlie Melancon's handling of the Red Snapper issue.
See pic for Gov Edwards statement regarding Melancon's position on the five Gulf States wresting control of Gulf Red Snapper management from the corrupt, fumble-fingered, anti-recreational fishing Natl Marine Fisheries Service.
The leftwing anti-fishing Pew Charitable Trusts is at again, trying to Astroturf their anti-recreational fishing propaganda in order to deceive the public into thinking their latest anti-fishing scam is a real grassroots issue. It looks like Pew bribed corrupt York University scienticians over in the UK to produce a fake study claiming that 30% of the world's oceans need to be turned into a giant MPA Marine Protected Area where no one is allowed to fish.
FYI, Pew Charitable Trusts is funded by the leftwing Pew Family, who just happen to be the majority stockholders of SUNOCO.
One of the writers of the original Magnuson-Stevens Fisheries Act, Dr Edward Klima, once told me that 'MPA's are a lazy way to manage fisheries. Time-tested traditional methods of fisheries management are the best way to go. Gear restrictions, season closures, size limits, bag limits.'
Went fishing at the Trestles on Good Friday. Not one bite all day. Water was milk chocolate. Water Temps 65F.
Confirmed the murkiness by sending down a FauxPro camera I got for Christmas. See pic. It's a screengrab from a 30 second video clip. Depth was 9-10 foot. The video shows murky brown water, 6 inch viz until you get to the bottom two feet and then it's 'clear-ish' with a 3-4 ft viz.
Ever since the passage of the 2006 Magnuson-Stevens Reauthorization Act, we offshore recreational fishermen have been left holding the dirty end of the stick. The ridiculous mismanagement of the Gulf Red Snapper is just one of many examples.
But there is a ray of hope on the horizon. The House Natural Resources Committee has passed HR4742 Flexibility In Fishing bill and it awaits a floor vote in the House of Representatives.
We rec fishermen need to get behind this and push for its passage. We need to tell all our fishing buddies about it too. Please write the US Congressman for your district and urge him to VOTE YES on HR4742. Ask him to urge his colleagues in the House to vote YES too.
At the same time, the committee in the Senate that oversees fisheries has a bill in the Draft stage that would be even worse than the current 2006 Mag Act we are buried under. Called the 2014 Magnuson-Stevens Reauthorization Act, this bill would force more harsh regs on us and force an explosion of massive MPA No Fishing Zone MPA's. Please urge your two US Senators (Mary Landreiu D-LA and David Vitter R-LA) to VOTE NO on 2014 Magnuson-Stevens and ask them to urge their Senate colleagues to VOTE NO too.
I will post up in this thread easy-to-use contact info for your elected officials email, fax, mail contact info.
I will will also post up a How-To for writing to our elected officials and include sample letters on these two bills for you to copy/paste.
Mark / Catch-All
100 Fathom Fishing Club
28 lbs caught off a ledge.
St Petersburg Fla (MSNBC) - NMFS Southern Regional Director Roy Craptree announced today there will definitely be a Gulf Of Mexico fall red snapper season.
Seen here in the picture below, Craptree held the news conference outside the NMFS offices, with fellow fisheries bureaucrats standing with him and their Pew Environment Group and EDF Environmental Defense Fund overlords standing behind them to make sure they stuck to the script.
'Dr' Craptree proclaimed, 'After a painstaking five minute review of the paid-for science graciously provided by our comrades at Pew and EDF, your hardworking NMFS bureaucrats met at the local Hooters for a lengthy roundtable discussion.
It has been determined that there will be a season, one hour in length. It began yesterday at noon and ended at 1pm. Sadly, the best science available from Pew tells us the recreational fishers went over their allotment by 300 million pounds.
Accordingly, NMFS will spend its entire FY2014 budget building a time machine so we can go back in time and retroactively penalize these greedy recreational fishers and help conserve our endangered red snapper for future generations.
No further questions!' /end transmission
100 Fathom Fishing Club
After long thought and upon the advice of several here on this forum, I have decided to go into the lure-manufacturing business.
My line of Catch-O-Matic bottom-jigging lures will be announced in a press release tomorrow but I thought I would give my fellow forum members a sneak preview.
Extensive field testing has proven the bottom-most lure to have the tastiest appeal to it's target species.
The marketing & distibution strategies are still being worked on but I will keep you informed as they develop. Anglers who can prove they have a paid subscription to Louisiana Sportsman Magazine will get a steep discount.
What is the best tidal site for predicting tides at Seabrook, where the canal dumps into Lake Pontchy?
In a kayak-fishing tournament, The Worlds First Sheepshead Tournament will be held in Slidell on Sunday February 17.
We got permission from Dockside to use their parking lot for the pre-launch Capts Meeting and the Weigh-In & Awards COOKOUT afterwards. Chas Champagne also told me that kayak angler entered in the tournament can launch for FREE at his ramp if they want to launch at Dockside.
Entry fee will be an unaffordably huge fee of $5 bucks.
100% cash payout to the winners + door prizes + cookout = WHERE ELSE CAN YOU GET THIS MUCH FISHING FOR ONLY 5 BUCKS??
Bookmark the link above as well as this one.
[UPDATE] THERE ARE 22 ANGLERS SIGNED UP AS OF 2/08 AND THERE WILL BE MORE AS WE GET CLOSER TO THE TOURNAMENT DATE
Weather Date: Saturday, February 23rd.
Registration & Mandatory Capts Meeting at Dockside Marina in Slidell - 545am to 600am - $5 cash only
Legal Fishing Time: 630am to 200pm - fish anywhere in LA waters (except at the Audubon Aquarium)
Weigh-In: 200pm to 230pm at Dockside Marina - Awards & Cookout immediately afterwards
Prizes: 1st, 2nd 3rd of a three-Sheepshead stringer, by weight. Also a single prize for single biggest Sheepshead by weight.1st Stringer 40% of total entry fees, 2nd Stringer 20%, 3rd Stringer 10%. Biggest Single Sheepshead 30%. All constestants must have proof of valid Louisiana SW fishing license. All contestants get a door prize ticket stub at Sign-in.
EMAIL ADDRESS: OutcastTournaments@hotmail.com
I have a sealed lead-acid 12v deerfeeder battery. Can I get away with using a regular car battery charger to charge it? Or will it blow up in a perfect Redneck Moment - 'hey y'all, watch this!'
It has several settings available, including trickle charge.
Should I give the OV GLOVE as a fish-gripping Christmas gift?
Or will I burn in hell with an eternity of bad fishing karma?
It's a fishin' tradition in my family to fish Thanksgiving morning and Christmas Eve.
I lucked out and have five days off Saturday thru Wednesday so I'm fixin' to go fishing as many of those days as possible.
I reckon tomorrow looks like The Trestles so I can dig out some Sheepshead.
Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah & Happy New Year,
It was Killax & Chillax at the Trestlax.
The fishin' at the Trestles was good - I fished it Thursday morning, Friday and Sunday. Each day I got plenty of Sheepshead plus a few Spackled Trout, a Baby Bull Red and puppy drums. On Friday and Sunday I even caught a couple Flounder. Total number of Cajun Grand Slams was two on Friday and one on Sunday. Woo-hoo!
Caught everything on dropshot rig - 30lb mono leader, #8 treble hook and 1oz sinker. Bait was either fresh shrimp or live shrimp.
Here's the pics from Thursday.....
As president of the club, here is an email I sent to the members of the 100 Fathom Fishing Club regarding today's election:
100FFC Members - Even though our club has a policy of no political or religious discussions, during this presidential election we must reflect on the last four years of the Obama Administration and what it has done to offshore recreational fishing in US waters.
The 100 Fathom Fishing Club endorses the Mitt Romney/ Paul Ryan presidential ticket.
The reason for the club's endorsement, leaving aside all other considerations, the actions, policies and statements of the Obama Administration make it clear that they are in favor of an anti-fishing, crony capitalism, pro-Enviro Industry agenda.
Catch Shares, Sector Separation, jobs-killing unneeded & unscientific harsh regulations, the imposition of an enemy to fishing in the person of Environmental Defense Fund Vice-Chairman Jane Lubechenko as the head of NOAA/ NMFS - all of these issues prove that the Obama Administration is against all fishermen, both recreational and commercial.
For our non-USA members of 100FFC, thank you for bearing with this email as we Americans try to get our house in order.
Please Vote Today,
President, 100 Fathom Fishing Club
100FFC.com / 100FFC@gmail.com
Managed to pick off a few nice fish before that nasty line squall blew thru for 11am.
One 22 inch Sheepshead, two 24 inch Redfish were the top billing but also got 2 more Sheepshead and 2 Puppie Drum.
26 inches and scale bottomed out at 8-1/2 lbs.
If any kayak fishermen want to join up, I'm going to fish the south end of the Trestles, launching at Triple Beach, on Friday for 630am.
Drive south on Hwy 11 until just before the bridge. Basically, pull over on the right side just after the last elevated camp before the bridge. Thats where Tite's used to be. There's a backdown ramp but most of us kayak fishermen launch off the narrow dock just to the north of the ramp.
I'm fixin' to buy me a lifetime fishin' license. They is $300 but will I still have to buy the yearly $5.50 Saltwater license too?
Appreciate the help. Thanks!
100 Fathom Fishing Club
Hey, anybody know if Pelican Pointe Marina's bait shed & backdown ramp are completed and opened yet?
Last time I stopped back by was in the Fall and the shed and tanks looked complete & plumbed. The backdown ramp still needed pouring - I know they were waiting on permitting for that.
I'm fixing to go fishing on Friday and Saturday. After all the rain this week and terrible results at the Trestles 2 weeks ago, I want to go as far east as possible to get near brackish/ salty water.