Not a good sign
Made a trip out to the blind this past weekend to do some work now that the flood waters went down and took a few pictures. Excuse the photo quality, new camera and phtographer.
After hurricane Andrew in 92 until today, We go out and catch 30 to 40 bass in the basin and would be lucky to have 2 or 3 over 14'. It would take 2 or 3 trips if not more just to keep enough to make a meal for the family, if I chose to do so.In the time after Andrew, I would drive over the basin after a storm and see large numbers of bass and other fish clogging waterways and rotting away.
Remembering the many trips I'd make with nothing to bring home and seeing all of this waste, it would really upset me!!! This happened for just about every hurricane before andrew as well, with a 12' length limit in place, or if I remember correctly, no length limit. In combination, these natural disasters and set regulations didn't stop the fish from recovering to healthy levels back then.
And for those that mention, 'some will be FILLING THE FREEZER', You will have the 'OUTLAW' no matter what the law states,heck,It happens now I'm sure. It's all about enforcement. Why was the this 14' Length limit implemented?
Was it a experiment to grow 'TROPHY BASS' in the basin? If it was to aid in the regeneration of fish after Andrew thats understandable, but it's been 21 years!! Best eating are the ones in the 12 to 15 inch range anyway..... LOLL!! I think the report speaks for itself.