Re: Where is Fish Picker?
Yup, those greedy recs represented by those bastards at the RFA and JCAA. To think, they want access for the masses to the reefs that were built for and paid for by the rec sector. And don't worry Marty, I know your great theory that the 20 potters have paid taxes and that entitles them to as much access as the rec anglers who paid with private moneys, taxes and and additional 10% tax on fishing equipment.
Hell last I saw, your point is that those 20 potters have more rights to it than recs and should be allowed to create a situation where anglers using hook and line are shut out.
And then after spitting in the faces of those who offered an olive branch at the beginning you shout out to the heavens "We need a compromise."
Well here's an idea for you, we figure the total dollars spent on the reefs, then we figure out how much the potters have contributed from thier tax dollars (I figure that'd be something like .001% of the taxes paid) then give the potters every bit of the reefs that THIER dollars paid for, it ought to be an area the size of a postage stamp, maybe one reef ball.... they can pot there and only there, how about that.
That might be fair, but I'm with Jim D., Adam, Pete, Tom and the rest in saying "no deal, NO COMPROMISE."
Don't think we'll win, willing to bet on it? Well I'll say this, the number of recreational constituents for these congress-people greatly outnumbers the 20 potters and other associated commercial fishermen who have banded together to fight the end of potting on the artificial reefs (not commercial fishing as hook and line would be allowed) .
There may be 2 or 3 districts where the commercial industry has any appreciable number of voters, there's about 30 where rec interests overwhelmingly outnumber commercial, stand back and enjoy, the word is spreading, the democratic process in in action and the good of the many should overcome the shortsighted profit of a very few.
And as far as greed, what's greedier, 20 comms pushing to make sure they can profit at the expense of the general public or advocate groups that are working to ensure the public has access to the reefs while the rest of the ocean remains open to commercial effort?
Isn't there a lot of bottom out there, wrecks and rough bottom?
Why is the idea of not potting on the reefs so that the rest of the world has open access such a hard pill to swallow?
Mate- Blue Chip Sportfishing 2004
"As the son of a son of a sailor I went out on the sea for adventure"