Originally Posted by Doc Z
Not a chance in hell this will every come to be.
You Know me Doc , and you know I respect you 100%, but when was the Last year we could fish for American Shad in the River?
You and I (I Bet ) belong to a few Fishing Forums , and what has been stated is that the Bio-Mass is in Decline over much of the North Eastern US.
I'm not a Biologist of any extreme , but I have read Many reports of Decline ,
Especially in overall avg. size. We Are Declining in that.
How far North are the 40" size traveling compared to 16 yrs. ago ?
I'm NOT being a Bitch my friend , and I Know that you keep accurate records of your catches , I'd like to know the Average size of your catch from Newburgh and up, not that I'm very familiar from where which you start, but I know that when I first started fishing the Hudson 16-17 yrs ago we were Smaking 20 plus lb fish regulary in the Albany area .
New York is a Scary place to live in , we are Constantly losing in fish stocking programs and Management for what "They " seem is right.
The Hudson is Second Largest to Chesapeke Bay and entirely feasible to try to "Lock Down " for 2-3 yrs, which would relieve NYS from millions of dollars of funding and Management of this Fishery and only Second to Poaching which we know they could hardly enforce.
Since I've started fishing for this Great fish almost 20 yrs ago I have been able to seek them out from Connecticut, Cutty Hunk Cape Cod and the Islands and Marthas Vineyard and of course the Hudson , but what scares me the most is what they are saying of Moratorium happening again as it did in the 80's.
This is real , and please dont get me wrong , I've been in contact with my representatives of NYS and have Letters written back to me of our (The Fisherman and Women ) on this just cause ,
This is Really happening because and for Many reasons , one of which I believe is Commercial Fishing and catching and Keeping Soo too Many fish per season per person. There has to be a common area somewhere , Long Island is a Great place to start , NOT the Hudson .
When and if this happens , we All must speak and Vote for Proper representation on this matter.
Spring Fishing on the Hudson is NOT the culprit nor the solution to this matter of Decline in Stocks , we must look into the Commercial aspect.