Re: If I get a Commercial Bait License can I transport Herring I catch?
Yeah, that's what I figured.
When I fish down here near Newburgh and Cornwall, where Bloodworms rule baitwise, I'm not really that affected by these regs (the prices for Bloods are ridiculous, but that's another discussion), but what the hell are Shorebound fishermen upriver supposed to do?
They have been made criminals if they currently pursue traditional methods of doing things, and all they want to do is go fishing for Stripers in the Spring!
Not every fishable shore spot is also conducive to catching your own fresh herring right at the spot.
These policies clearly discriminate against fishermen who by economic circumstance fish the Hudson from shore exclusively.
If you have enough money to buy, maintain and fish from a boat, these regs do not make a difference.
For the rest of us, we're screwed.
I guess it's all about the cash and who's got it, huh DEC?
Another brick in the wall making it tough on those who are not thriving in the current economy.
As suggested by fellow Stripers247 member "Giuduce21" (not sure of exact username) in a previous post on the topic, if you reversed things and made it illegal to use Hudson Herring in any OTHER body of water, you'd take care of the issue and allow the continued enjoyment of our Hudson River Striper resource by individuals in ALL economic ranges and methods, while concurrently addressing the potential contamination issues they allege are the reasons behind the current regulations.
Of course, the DEC "knows better than the rest of us"...
Our tax dollars at work.