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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.

October 19, 2016 at 1:02pm

http://maritime-executive.com/article/call-to-protect-30-percent-of-oceans

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.'

March 30, 2016 at 8:50am

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.

March 29, 2016 at 12:18pm

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

June 05, 2014 at 12:04pm

28 lbs caught off a ledge.

October 17, 2013 at 4:43pm

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

Mark
100 Fathom Fishing Club

September 07, 2013 at 12:41am

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.

Mark/ Catch-All

March 31, 2013 at 10:57pm

What is the best tidal site for predicting tides at Seabrook, where the canal dumps into Lake Pontchy?

February 25, 2013 at 7:39pm

http://www.bckfc.org/showthread.php?11064-Outcast-20-Sheep-In-Slidell

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

December 29, 2012 at 2:52pm

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.

Any recommendations?

Mark

December 21, 2012 at 8:35pm

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?

Mark

December 21, 2012 at 7:47pm

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,

Mark

December 21, 2012 at 6:50pm

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.....

100FFC

November 26, 2012 at 7:34pm

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,
Mark
President, 100 Fathom Fishing Club
100FFC.com / 100FFC@gmail.com

November 06, 2012 at 1:01pm

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.

Catch

November 04, 2012 at 6:14pm

26 inches and scale bottomed out at 8-1/2 lbs.

October 31, 2012 at 8:31pm

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.

Catch-All
100FFC

October 10, 2012 at 1:21pm

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.

September 01, 2012 at 3:21pm

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!

Catch-All
100 Fathom Fishing Club

May 20, 2012 at 9:14am

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.

April 04, 2012 at 12:18pm

I reckon these chefs who made these comments against Congressman Graves' plan were probably uninformed. Instead of researching this issue for themselves they swallowed hook line & sinker some one-sided BS propaganda from their seafood suppliers.

I will no longer go to Peche, Cochon, Cochon Butcher and will avoid these other places as well.

April 19 at 2:32pm
A comment titled: Re: NMFS Red Snapper Season Announced in response to a report titled: NMFS Red Snapper Season Announced

NMFS ANNOUNCES 2018 GULF RED SNAPPER SEASON

Environment-loving NMFS bureaucrats were held hostage by radical extremist Gulf fishers until the NMFS agreed to expand the Red Snapper season for charter boats and grudgingly allow the five Gulf states' fish & game departments to manage their own Red Snapper fisheries.

But the NMFS struck a victory for their Environmental Industry overlords at Pew & EDF by deliberately under-estimating the vast prolific fish populations of Gulf Red Snapper and using that false number for setting limits on TAC Total Allowable Catch. After his captors freed him, NMFS Southeast Regional Dictator Roy Craptree tore off his gag and said 'My Struggle with these fishers will never end. NMFS Uber Alles!' /end transmission

Private Anglers: The five Gulf states will set seasons through exempted fishing permits.

Federally Permitted For-Hire Vessels: June 1, 2018, 12:01 a.m., local time, until July 22, 2018, at 12:01 a.m., local time.

April 19 at 1:07pm

Charlie Melancon defended his policies....

October 19, 2016 at 7:31pm
A comment titled: Re: Anti-Fishing Pew Trust\'s Latest Scam in response to a report titled: Anti-Fishing Pew Trust's Latest Scam

...and another thing. Some dreadlock filthy hippie from an Environmental Industry NGO group like EDF Environmental Defense Fund or The Ocean Conservancy or some other far-left group will try to use the argument 'but dude, it's only 30% of the world's oceans we're trying to protect, man.'

But with all Environmental Industry astroturfed propaganda, they deliberately never tell you the entire story. If they did, their harebrained fascist schemes would create a huge backlash against themselves.

Here's the deal: the 30% that the Environmental Industry wants to 'protect'? It's all in the shallower areas along the coastlines where almost 100% of the commercial fishing, recreational fishing and diving is done! The 70% we would be left with? Basically an oceanic desert. Nice deal, huh? Do you like getting deceived and lied to? If you don't, please write your Congressman and two US Senators how you feel about Pew and their latest anti-fishing scam.

Mark
President, 100 Fathom Fishing Club
100FFC.com
100FFC@gmail.com

March 31, 2016 at 3:40pm
A comment titled: Re: Underwater Pic Lake P in response to a report titled: Underwater Pic Lake P

Louisiana Ed? Do you mean Jon Bel Edwards, aka Admiral Ackbar? 'It's a trap!'

No, I blame the nasty terlet water from the Bonnet Carre Spillway.

March 29, 2016 at 4:43pm
A comment titled: Re: Geoghagen Canal in response to a report titled: Geoghagen Canal

'Met up with a couple of other yak fishermen and drifted around with them for a while. Really nice guys, was cool meeting new people, and I always learn something when I fish with someone else.

Apparently you can catch flounder around there, but not too much else right now. I will probably give it another try in the future.'

You're welcome, it was nice fishing with you too. Don't feel too bad about your results. If my memory isn't playing tricks on me, my total catch for the day was 2 flounder.

March 25, 2015 at 12:33pm
A comment titled: Re: NMFS Red Snapper Season Announced in response to a report titled: NMFS Red Snapper Season Announced

OnSarcasm/

NOAA/ NMFS SE Regional Command Bunker - SE Regional Director Roy Craptree has denounced the five Gulf states fish & game commissions for failing to submit to their Federal Gummint fisheries overlords.

In an epic rant, Craptree shrieked 'NMFS uber alles!' from the steps of the Natl Marine Fisheries Service command bunker in downtown St Petersburg Florida.

/end transmission

March 17, 2015 at 12:52pm
A comment titled: Re: NMFS Red Snapper Season Announced in response to a report titled: NMFS Red Snapper Season Announced

LOUISIANA RED SNAPPER SEASON

OffSarcasm/ It's great for Louisiana offshore fishermen that Gov Jindal and Director Barham have continued their efforts to restore sanity to Gulf Red Snapper fishing.

Starting this Saturday March 20th, seven days a week, a 2 fish, 16 inch limit begins for Red Snapper in Louisiana state waters out to 9 nautical miles.

100 Fathom Fishing Club

March 17, 2015 at 12:48pm
A comment titled: Re: NMFS Red Snapper Season Announced in response to a report titled: NMFS Red Snapper Season Announced

Recreational Fishing Alliance
Contact: Jim Donofrio / 888-564-6732
For Immediate Release
March 17, 2015

RFA Lauds Gulf States for Bid to Take Over Red Snapper Management

March 17, 2015 - The five states bordering the Gulf of Mexico-Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas-have pulled together in an effort to wrestle management authority of the red snapper fishery from the Gulf of Mexico Fisheries Management Council (GMFMC). In a jointly signed letter submitted to federal authorities on March 13, the states outlined a proposal to shift management of Gulf of Mexico Red Snapper away from the federal government. This unprecedented effort includes a new framework for cooperative state-based management of this incredibly important fishery and would create the Gulf States Red Snapper Management Authority.

'The Gulf States are making it crystal clear that they have no confidence in the GMFMC's ability to manage red snapper in a fair and equitable manner,' said Jim Donofrio, RFA's executive director. 'Our Gulf chapters have been working diligently to bring about change within the Council system only to have their efforts thwarted by an organization that is under the control of an entrenched group of individuals associated with environmental groups like the Environmental Defense Fund.'

The dissatisfaction with the performance of the GMFMC by state management authorities and their stakeholders has been brewing for a long time and the problem is only exacerbated by the fact that the fishery has been rebuilt to well beyond the most optimistic historic levels while the recreational red snapper seasons set by the GMFMC have been cut to levels counted in days with no justification.

'I think the straw that broke the back of any credibility within the GMFMC was the recent vote for sector separation,' Donofrio said. 'There was overwhelming opposition for this unprecedented move, but the Council went ahead with it anyway.'

According to Robert Barham at the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, the states are far more capable of handling the collection of more precise landings data than the GMFMC, which relies upon the flawed Marine Recreational Information Program (MRIP). Along with the other Gulf States, Louisiana is confident we can provide precise landings estimates and more frequent stock assessments-the data needed to better manage this fishery and allow our fishermen to take full advantage of the available resource. The states are also more receptive and can be more responsive to the wants and needs of constituent's-we can set flexible, tailored management measures that address local needs as well as Gulf-wide conservation goals.

'A change has been a long time coming-we want to thank the state directors for pulling together to create a viable solution for fixing red snapper management,' Barham said.

On the dock, anglers and the industry were pleased with the proposed action.

'Gulf of Mexico red snapper at the federal level has proven to be an absolute failure for the recreational fishing community from a management standpoint,' explained Jamie Wilkinson, Vice President and Group Publisher at F+W Media and member of the RFA Board of Directors. 'The Gulf states should be commended for putting forward a proposal that aims to provide recreational fishermen an increased opportunity to benefit from the rebuilding success of red snapper.'

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About Recreational Fishing Alliance
The Recreational Fishing Alliance is a national, grassroots political action organization representing recreational fishermen and the recreational fishing industry on marine fisheries issues. The RFA Mission is to safeguard the rights of saltwater anglers, protect marine, boat and tackle industry jobs, and ensure the long-term sustainability of our Nation's saltwater fisheries. For more information, call 888-JOIN-RFA or visit www.joinrfa.org.

March 17, 2015 at 12:44pm
A comment titled: HR4742 Is The Answer in response to a report titled: Red Snapper War Continues

Mike - thanks for staying on top of this. I'm glad to hear that all five Gulf states have gone non-compliant and told the NMFS to pound sand.

Confused - You nailed it - unless we fix the 2006 Reauthorized Magnuson Stevens Act, we are going to continue to get screwed by NMFS and the Environmental Industry.

HR4742 Flexibility In Fishing Act will go a long way to fixing the anti-recfishing regs that the Environmental Industry snuck into the 2006 Mag Act.

Mark
Pres., 100 Fathom Fishing Club

July 08, 2014 at 1:48pm
A comment titled: HR4742 NEEDS OUR SUPPORT in response to a report titled: Support HR4742 Flexibility In FIshing Act

Folks, a good way to view the Gulf Red Snapper's mismanagement by the Fed'l Gummint is that it is a symptom of a disease.

The disease is the corrupt influence by the billions-funded Environmental Industry on the federal gummint fisheries management process. The Environmental Industry is who snuck in the anti-fishing verbiage in the 2006 Reauthorized Magnuson Act that has caused all these problems.

We cannot allow ourselves to get bogged down in nitpicking over one issue. The Gulf Red Snapper is just one example of gross mismanagement in ALL the NMFS Councils around the entire country. The Flexibility In Fishing Act HR4742 is like a broad-spectrum vaccination against the Environmental Industry disease that is killing the nation's recreational fishing industry.

The House of Representatives pending legislation HR4742 Flexibility In Fishing Act will go a long way towards restoring balance to the management process. Yes it is not perfect but RFA Recreational Fishing Alliance has determined that it will meet 80-90% of what we need. That's good enough for me.

All of us offshore recreational fishermen need to immediately contact our US Congressman and urge them to immediately support & vote for this necessary legislation. THE INFORMATION ON HOW TO CONTACT YOUR ELECTED OFFICIALS IS LISTED AT THE BEGINNING OF THIS THREAD.

July 01, 2014 at 12:12pm
A comment titled: Face Reality in response to a report titled: Support HR4742 Flexibility In FIshing Act

B&G - Perhaps you didn't read this part of RFA's opinion about HR47442 Flexibility In Fishing Act? ******************************************** 'RFA's team of experts, scientists, policy professionals and attorneys looked at HR 4742 very closely, and they see this legislation as addressing 80 to 90 percent of what's at stake for our recreational fishing community right now.' 'If we could get together and get 80 percent of what we need in a bill to get fishermen fishing again, in this congress, we should do it,' he added. 'Even with HR 4742 missing some industry wish list items, this is a bill worth supporting.' ********************************************** What PENDING legislation are you aware of that is better than HR4742? This legislation will go a long way to restoring balance in offshore fisheries management instead of the current lopsided 2006 Reauthorized Magnuson Act that heavily favors the billions-funded, corrupt anti-recfishing Environmental Industry. The rec fishing industry needs relief RIGHT NOW, not some proposal that is years off in the future, if ever. Be realistic.

June 24, 2014 at 12:19pm
A comment titled: Why Recs Should Support HR4742 in response to a report titled: Support HR4742 Flexibility In FIshing Act

B&G - please read below. It explains why we rec fishermen should support HR4742 and write our US Congressmen. It's the best piece I've found so far that explains HR4742's benefits to rec fishermen.

Catch-All/ 100 Fathom Fishing Club
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HR 4742 Is Good For Fish, Fishermen & The Recreational Fishing Industry

While a fair number of conservation and fishing groups were 'underwhelmed' by efforts of Congress to improve the Magnuson-Stevens Act, Jim Hutchinson of the Recreational Fishing Alliance sees more good than bad in the bill. Here's his take:

By Jim Hutchinson, Jr.

The Strengthening Fishing Communities and Increasing Flexibility in Fisheries Management Act (HR 4742) introduced by House Natural Resources committee Chair Doc Hastings (R-WA) is an effort to improve and strengthen provisions of the current Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (Magnuson-Stevens).

In the days since this bill successfully moved out of committee, scores of recreational fishermen and industry professionals have reached out to the Recreational Fishing Alliance (RFA) for perspective. Having lobbied for 7 years to incorporate some limited management flexibility in the law while highlighting the bureaucratic problems with meeting restrictive congressional mandates using 'fatally flawed' data, RFA sees HR 4742 as a terrific step towards addressing many of the problems faced by saltwater anglers today.

One portion of the bill would allow an extension to the time required to rebuild a fish stock beyond the existing 10-year requirement in certain cases. This language is similar to rebuilding language included in legislation previously introduced and supported by the RFA, except that HR 4742 does not include limits on the length of the rebuilding extension.

'We have always argued that the arbitrary deadlines created by Congress didn't make sense for rebuilding periods, but RFA never supported open-ended rebuilding time frames either,' said RFA executive director Jim Donofrio. 'There are, however, existing provisions in Magnuson Stevens related to ending overfishing that pretty clearly protects the fish stocks while allowing this deadline flexibility.'

RFA has argued against the rigid and inflexible nature of fixed rebuilding deadlines since the last reauthorization of Magnuson Stevens, when a three-year extension in the summer flounder rebuilding deadline was plugged into the law in the 11th hour to address a rapidly approaching deadline for that Atlantic Coast fishery. The three-year extension proved that fisheries could be rebuilt with a little bit of management flexibility while anglers continued to access a fishery.

'The fisheries management councils are now asking for this flexibility, and after dozens of hearings in the House Natural Resources Committee, members now understand the need for change,' Donofrio said.

HR 4742 would also make modifications to allow the regional fishery management councils to set 'annual catch limits' in consideration of changes in an ecosystem and the economic needs of fishing communities. It would also permit councils to set multiyear annual catch limits to afford some stability in recreational specifications. RFA explains that this section is important given that there is no data collection program in existence today that can estimate recreational landings on a level accurate enough to reasonably apply annual catch limits to the recreational sector.

'The methodologies used by NOAA Fisheries were designed to show trends over multiple years and broad geographic ranges, which is precisely why RFA has argued for exemptions in the recreational sector from enforcement of these annual catch limits as written under the present law,' said Donofrio.

Under this portion of the bill, regional councils could exercise some flexibility in setting annual catch limits in the recreational sector, which could assist our beleaguered red snapper fishermen in the South Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico. In specifically addressing the red snapper issue, Rep. Hastings' bill also directs federal funding through the Saltonstall-Kennedy Act towards development and implementation of a real-time reporting and data collection program for Gulf of Mexico red snapper.

'The data collection problem is horrible, and the Hastings bill would make use of existing federal funding to improve data-poor fisheries in the Gulf and South Atlantic,' Donofrio added. 'There's also a section of HR 4742 to extend the seawards boundary of coastal states in the Gulf out to 9 miles for the purposes of managing the recreational red snapper fishery and allowing states to make better local decisions based on their own data collection.'

As referenced above with regard to the open-endedness of timelines along with other issues, Donofrio said the Hastings bill is good but not perfect. 'There's a piece that gives the Secretary of Commerce the ability to increase the length of emergency regulations and interim measures from 180 days to 365 days--that's a free ticket to declare fisheries closed without public participation and input,' he explained.

However, having spent the past 7 years pushing Congress to consider legislation to incorporate limited management flexibility in the law, RFA is hopeful for change despite trepidation by some members of the recreational fishing industry. 'I know some members of the community are adamant for example that Magnuson-Stevens includes a national policy for recreational fishing, but NOAA Fisheries is presently working to create a national policy so let's not bog that down in a broken congress,' Donofrio said.

Another debate has emerged of late with regard to something known as 'ecosystem-based' fisheries management, specifically managing those ecosystems for forage base. While Donofrio said anglers may understand ecosystems and bait, putting that onus on Congress to define the terms for NOAA Fisheries to follow is another bureaucratic logjam waiting to happen.

'Imagine if the folks at Pew or Oceana decide that there may be special corals at your favorite sea bass or red snapper reef, next thing you know you're not allowed to fish on that particular ecosystem,' Donofrio said.

Some of the Pew-supported groups have tabbed the Hastings bill as the 'empty oceans act' claiming the legislation will roll back vital conservation measures necessary for healthy and sustainable fisheries, which Donofrio calls gross exaggeration.

'RFA's team of experts, scientists, policy professionals and attorneys looked at HR 4742 very closely, and they see this legislation as addressing 80 to 90 percent of what's at stake for our recreational fishing community right now.'

'If we could get together and get 80 percent of what we need in a bill to get fishermen fishing again, in this congress, we should do it,' he added. 'Even with HR 4742 missing some industry wish list items, this is a bill worth supporting.'

With key amendments added to the Hastings bill by Rep. Steve Southerland (R-FL) and Rep. Frank Pallone (D-NJ), there's a lot to be excited about with HR 4742; but now comes the tough part getting the House and Senate together on a conference bill which the President can sign into law which will truly benefit the fish, the fishermen and the fishing industry.

June 18, 2014 at 10:12am
A comment titled: HR4742 YES - 2014 Magnuson Act NO in response to a report titled: Support HR4742 Flexibility In FIshing Act

Mike - thanks for the bump.

I just emailed my Congressman, Steve Scalise, and urged him to VOTE YES on HR4742 Flexibility In Fishing Act

And I just finished emailing our LA Senators, Vitter and Landrieu.

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Dear Senator -

I am a recreational saltwater fisherman and I am strongly OPPOSED to the 'Draft 2014 Reauthorized Magnuson-Stevens Act' that is still in Committee at the Senate Commerce Science & Transportation Committe and Subcommitte for Oceans Atmosphere Fisheries & Coast Guard.

When the opportunity arises, please VOTE NO on 2014 Magnuson-Stevens Reauthorization Act and urge your Senate colleagues to VOTE NO too.

Due to the interference of the corrupt billions-funded anti-fishing Environmental Industry, the 2006 Reauthorized Magnuson-Stevens Act killed hundreds of thousands of recreational fishing-related jobs. The proposed 2014 Magnuson Reauthorization Act will kill hundreds of thousands MORE jobs. Specifically, the verbiage for 'eco-systems managment' and 'forage' is what the corrupt, billions-funded, anti-fishing Environmental Industry will use to further kill recreational fishing and it's hundreds of thousands of fishing-related jobs & small businesses.
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Please feel free to copy/paste it in your own emails to Senators Vitter and Landrieu.

Mark / Catch-All
Pres., 100 Fathom Fishing Club

June 07, 2014 at 11:53am
A comment titled: Find Your Senators & Congressman in response to a report titled: Support HR4742 Flexibility In FIshing Act

HOW TO FIND YOUR CONGRESSMAN'S CONTACT INFO: https://writerep.house.gov/writerep/welcome.shtml (note) the Congressman Locator seems to work better when you don't type in your four digit code after the your Zipcode. ------------------------------------------------- HOW TO FIND YOUR SENATORS' CONTACT INFO: http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm

June 06, 2014 at 3:31pm
A comment titled: 'How-To' For Contacting Congress in response to a report titled: Support HR4742 Flexibility In FIshing Act

There is a saying about carpenters - 'measure twice, cut once'. It's advice intended to have you think twice and act once, to prevent mistakes.

Well here's some advice on how to write to Washington in an effective email, fax or hardcopy letter that will get your point across in a simple, quick, clear & understandable manner.
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ADVICE ON WHAT TO SAY IN YOUR LETTER, FAX OR EMAILS

*Write one or two simple, short paragraphs about the issue you're concerned about. Dont write a 100 page manifesto about whats wrong with Washington.

*If there is a specific bill you want them to vote No or Yes for, make sure to mention the bill number and the name of the bill. Examples - a House bill would be 'HR1234-NMFS Roy Crabtree Should Be Fired Bill'. An example of a Senate bill would be 'S1234-The Anti-Fishing Environmental Industry Stinks Bill'.

*If you are going to write in longhand, use a pen, not a pencil. Seriously. Unless your cursive penmanship is good enough to make a 3rd Grade schoolteacher give you praise, print your handwriting or if it's really bad like mine is, block print.

*If a bill is still in the drafting stage in the House committee or Senate committee / subcommittee, click on the link above at the post in the beginning of this thread. This is actually your best chance to either kill the bill or urge them to get the bill drafted and passed out of committe for a floor vote. Send an email fax or letter to each of the two ranking members, one Republican and one Democrat. ALSO, send a letter, email or fax to the elected official who is from the coastal state that's closest to you.

*If a bill has been passed out of Committee and is fixing to go to a floor vote, you need to send a letter, fax or email to your US Congressman representing your district and to the two US Senators representing your state. Tell them clearly whether you want them to vote No or vote Yes on the bill and make sure to mention it's bill number and name of the bill.

YES Example - Dear Congressman Smith - I am a recreational saltwater fisherman and I am strongly in favor of the HR 4742 Flexibility In Fishing Act. Please Vote YES for HR4742. It will restore flexibility to fisheries management while getting us back to fishing and generating hundreds of thousands of jobs. Sincerely, Your Name (below that include your name, street address, city, state zip and a phone number)

NO Example - Dear Senator Jones - I am a recreational saltwater fisherman and I am strongly against the Draft 2014 Reauthorized Magnuson-Stevens Act that is still in Committee. When the opportunity arises, please VOTE NO and urge your Senate colleagues to VOTE NO too. The 2006 Reauthorized Magnuson-Stevens Act killed hundreds of thousands of recreational fishing-related jobs and the 2014 Act will hundreds of thousands more jobs. Sincerely, Your Name (below that include your name, street address, city, state zip and a phone number)

June 05, 2014 at 12:10pm
A comment titled: Contact Info - Congress & Senate in response to a report titled: Support HR4742 Flexibility In FIshing Act

The Senate and House each has a committee that directly oversees offshore fishing. Senate Commerce Science & Transportation Committee and House Natural Resources Committee

House Natural Resources Committee - http://naturalresources.house.gov/

Natural Resources Committee Members -http://naturalresources.house.gov/about/members.htm

Senate Commerce Science & Transportation Committee - [url]http://www.commerce.senate.gov/public/

Commerce Committee Members - http://www.commerce.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?p=CommitteeMembers

Senate SubCommittee Oceans Atmosphere FISHERIES & Coast Guard - http://www.commerce.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?p=OceansAtmosphereFisheriesandCoastGuard

******************************************* Please read below. it's a post explaining how to easily find the email, fax or mail contact info for your elected officials in Congress and the Senate. I've even included in the thread some time-saving sample letters for you to copy/paste.

1) The disastrous 2006 Reauthorized Magnuson-Stevens Act is coming up for reauthorization soon. It is still in the Draft stage in the Senate Committee on Commerce Science & Transportation / Subcommittee for Oceans, Fisheries & Coast Guard.. It does not have a bill number yet but it is named the 2014 Reauthorized Magnuson-Stevens Act. The 2014 Mag Act will be far more worse than the 2006 Mag Act. Using so-called 'Ecosystems-based Management' and 'forage' verbiage, it will force more unneeded unscientific restrictions on us and lay the foundation for a massive explosion of MPA No Fishing Zones against us. Send an email, fax or letter to your two US Senators to VOTE NO on the 2014 Magnuson Stevens Act and ask them to urge their colleagues in the Senate to VOTE NO too.

2) The House committee that oversees fisheries has passed out of committee the HR4742 Flexibility In Fishing bill. It is now ready for a floor vote by the entire House. Please email, fax or write your district Congressman and urge him or her to VOTE YES for HR4742 Flexibility In Fishing Act. Please also ask your Congressman to urge their fellow Cogressmen to VOTE YES for HR4742 as well.

Forget 15 minutes saving you 15% in car insurance. Fifteen minutes of your time will save you a lifetime of frustration with unworkable fisheries regulations and get us back to fishing again!

Mark/ Catch-All
Founder & Pres., 100 Fathom Fishing Club

June 05, 2014 at 12:08pm

Motorboat - EDF is the cause of the disease. The broken fisheries management system is the symptom.

In 2006, when the Magnuson Act was up for reauthorization by Congress, EDF's lobbyists were swarming all over Capitol Hill, strongarming politicians and their staffs to impose the unworkable verbiage in Magnuson that rigidly requires mandatory fish-stock rebuilding within certain time limits. There is no flexibility in that verbiage and EDF has rabidly fought any attempt to legislatively moderate that unworkable verbiage. EDF WANTS CHAOS. EDF WANTS AN UNWORKABLE SYSTEM.

In 2006 when all this behind-the-scenes BS was going on, the ONLY recreational fishing group that sounded the alarm about this was the RFA Recreational Fishing Alliance.

EDF and the rest of the professional Environmental Industry deliberately created this problem and they're forcing us to suffer its consequences. They're actions are despicable.

May 19, 2014 at 3:48pm

Confused - thanks for posting. EDF's propaganda masquerading as a press release reveals a lot about their thinking if you read between the lines.

1) nowhere in EDF's propaganda does it say that they think gulf recreational fishermen should be allowed to catch more red snapper.

2) where EDF says the NMFS Gulf Council treatment of red snapper is 'broken' is that they highlight that gulf recreational fishermen allegedly overharvested their quota for 6 of the last 7 seasons.

3) EDF says nothing in their propaganda about the fact that the gulf recreational red snapper season is set artificially short despite all the peer-reviewed REAL science proving the highest red snapper populations in recorded history.

4) EDF makes sure to push IFQ Individual Fishing Quotas which are really just Catch Shares, EDF's favorite fisheries management scheme which has devastated recreational & commercial fishing communities in every area of the country where Catch Shares have been imposed by NMFS.

5) EDF's propaganda doesnt mention anything about the fact they are anti-fishing and would like nothing more than to ban all recreational fishermen from fishing.

6) EDF's propaganda doesnt mention the fact that they receive tens of millions in funding from the anti-fishing billions-funded Pew Foundation (SUNOCO Oil), Walton Family Foundation (WAL-MART), and David Packard Foundation (HP Hewlett-Packard).

Simply put, DON'T TRUST ANYTHING THAT EDF ENVIRONMENTAL DEFENSE FUND SAYS OR DOES. THEY HATE FISHING AND THEY HATE FISHERMEN.

May 19, 2014 at 12:26pm
A comment titled: Wipe Your Feet in response to a report titled: Doormat

Rabbitchaser - I looked at your pic real hard and I swear I can see on that flounder where it says WIPE YOUR FEET - NO SHRIMPIN' BOOTS ALLOWED

In regards to getting it mounted, try Kings Sailfish Mounts - they specialize in fibreglass reproductions. Molds are taken from fish and they airbrush on all the details. Just give them the size and your picture. Its the best of both worlds - you can eat your fish and mount it too.

Catch

May 16, 2014 at 10:14am
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