Originally Posted by Francis Daignault
If you sell something that someone else wants, is that a bad thing?
I buy cod that was frozen at sea (FAS). If I kill a striper for the table I get dirty looks from other anglers and cleaning it gets my hands dirty. We also buy oysters, scallops, and calamari. I am grateful to be able to purchase what I cannot catch or willing to kill.
Over the years I?ve had commercials practically set a net around me or totally ruin a decent decent bite that had gone on for days. The mentality seemed like they felt they were more entitled to those fish because they were making a living at it. But by the same token they wanted to play the struggling man poverty card when the argument turned to how much money the sports spent versus what they?d get at the market for those fish.
I don?t kill many striped bass because I?m not crazy about the taste. I?d rather smoke bluefish or keep flounder or better yet tuna, Mako Sword, Monk. I also dig clams. All in all I probably eat local seafood 3x a week. I also buy, but I prefer to buy what just came in.
The whole rev v comm gets more complicated when I have consider some commmecials are really just Recs who are semi retired and would like to take more than their daily allowance to pay their expenses. And the door to the commercial fishery closed behind them.