📣📣📣📣📣 ARE YOU A FLORIDA SPECKLED TROUT FISHERMAN? READ THIS. A EMAIL I RECEIVED. 😲😲😲😲 For anyone who gets notifications from the FWC, I am sure by now we have all seen that they are trying to change rules on Spotted Seatrout. What they are doing here should be criminal. First I want to remind everyone, that the FWC did a survey last year, and after a bit of study, put out a presentation stating that the Trout Fishery in Florida is doing just FINE! Trout are NOT over fished. Trout are NOT going to go extinct. In fact, the fishery is doing VERY WELL. It's abundant and increasing. Basically what they want to do is. Decrease Bag Limits across the state. Change the Keeper size from 15" to 20" with 1 over 20" to 15 to19 with NO over size EVER. Lower size limits for commercial anglers. Folks, we can NOT let this happen. This change is being brought about by a few individuals from a few known groups who just want to complain about fishing. The sky is falling and they are taking too many fish and killing them off crowd. Their assumptions are NOT based on science, they are based on fallacy and emotionally driven. Whenever we let the pass laws based on someone's emotions BAD THINGS happen. Look how they destroyed the Red Snapper Fishery. Look how they destroyed the Black Seabass Fishery. Now they are after the Spotted Seatrout. Look, I get it, if a species is in trouble we need to work towards fixing that. We have done that many times in the past, look at the huge success story we have with Red Drum. When we took that hard freeze which knocked out the Snook, they did rule changes to protect them, We Get That! and understand that!! But what they want to do with Trout here, is NOT based on any science that the fish are in trouble, or going to be in trouble, it is being done all because a few people complained without using the facts. They (FWC) have even mentioned this in this latest presentation by saying, "A Few People have Voiced Concern over bla bla bla", so therefore we want to do this (to appease them). Folks, PLEASE, we can NOT let them get away with this AGAIN. Even if you only fish once or twice a year, please join us in letting FWC know that we will NOT let them make rules on feelings, that laws MUST be based on fact and Science! If we keep letting them do this, they will slowly take all our fishing rights away. FWC is soliciting comments before they make final judgement on this measure. I urge everyone PLEASE, PLEASE!! do your civic duty and goto the FWC website and voice your concerns over this. The url to goto the FWC website to comment on this measure is here: https://myfwc.com/fishing/saltwater/r... From here, please fill out your name and e mail. If you scroll down a bit, there is a drop down menu where you can pick the topic, please pick Spotted Seatrout. On the bottom there is a comments box where you can write a paragraph or two letting FWC know what's on your mind. I urge everyone to PLEASE write in there letting the FWC know that this is such a bad idea, and to please do NOT do this. The Trout Fishery is fine and does not need adjusting. If you are not good with words, then please feel free to cut and paste what I have typed on the bottom of this e mail and put it in there to send to them. Please. You can update your Facebook status 20 times a day, you can spend 2 hours on twitter and the rest of the morning texting your BFF. Can you find 5 minutes to take care of this too? Trust me, you will be happy you did! Think about it, you will get to tell all your facebook friends how you took an ACTIVE part in saving Trout fishing for all your kids and grandkids! Those who do not like fishing / hunting, etc always make sure their voices are heard. That is why we are here right now at this spot. Let's show them that they can not get away with bullying us anymore and speak OUR minds as well! Thank you Aaron Scholten. **** Dear FWC: Recently you solicited comments regarding impending changes to the Spotted Trout Fishery. I ask that you please DO NOT do this. Last year you did a presentation stating that the Spotted SeaTrout fishery was doing very well, and thriving. There is NO scientific reason to decrease bag limits. Laws should be created based on science and facts, NOT emotions or because someone thinks something might be true. Please use Science and Facts to make decisions that would reduce or possibly even eliminate our fishing experience with Trout. Threatening to reduce a fishery just to make someone feel good is a terrible idea. Remember, fishing is also a livelihood for many individuals too. Taking food out of someone's mouth when there is no reason to is NOT something an honorable Floridian would do! Please do not ruin our Trout Fishing. Thank you for your consideration.
I SENT THEM MY OPINION......AND ITS NOT ANGLERS. ITS SHIPPING, DREDGING, MUD WATER, TOO MUCH CURRENT, HIGH-SALINITY, A TROUTS WORST NIGHTMARE IS NOT A HOOK AND LINE FISHERMAN.....ESPECIALLY AROUND MY AREA ❗❗ FOLLOW THE LINK AND SEND THEM YOUR OPINION. NO WONDER REAL TROUT ANGLERS GO TO LOUISIANA ❗❗ ''THIS ONE''...ME, WANTS TO GO THERE TOO. FLORIDA IS A BUREAUCRATIC NIGHTMARE.
ARE YOU PEOPLE INSANE? DO YOU WANT PEOPLE TO COME HERE OR NOT? I HAVE CUSTOMERS WHO QUIT FLORIDA ALTOGETHER, AND GO TO LOUISIANA! YOU KNOW WHY... THE FWC HAS CAUSED INSANITY WITH THE ATLANTIC SO-CALLED THE RED SNAPPER SEASON. I QUIT BOTTOM FISHING OFFSHORE. NOW YOU WANT TO KILL MY INSHORE FISHING. IN N.E. FLORIDA WE HAVE ENOUGH PROBLEMS CATCHING FISH, ESPECIALLY JACKSONVILLE'S, ST. JOHNS RIVER. INCESSANT DREDGING, SHIP TRAFFIC, MUD WATER, TO MUCH CURRENT, MANY TIMES TOTALLY UNFISHABLE. THERE'S NOT MANY WHO CAN, CONSISTENTLY CATCH A OVER 20 INCH TROUT. SPORT FISHING CAPITAL?? I'VE BEEN IN THE CHARTER BUSINESS FOR 23 YEARS FULL-TIME. REGULATING FISHERMEN. TRY REGULATING, HABITAT LOSS, GREED, SHIPPING. THE ST. JOHNS IS DIMINISHING ENVIRONMENT. A HOOK AND LINE ANGLER IS THE LEAST OF THE TROUTS PROBLEM IN THE ST. JOHNS RIVER. THANKS FOR WANTING TO GET RID OF TOURISTS ($$$)