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Old 01-31-2019, 02:06 PM
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Question Towing of Striped Bass and Cobia Poll

There is a VMRC public hearing on Feb 26, 2019 at 380 Fenwick Road, Ft. Monroe, VA 23651 on the issue of towing striped bass and cobia. Please take a few minutes to respond to the poll question to see where anglers stand on the issue. Share this poll with as many anglers as possible to get the word out. The more anglers responding the better. VSSA has not formulated an opinion on this matter yet so your input is needed.

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Old 01-31-2019, 04:34 PM
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I voted Mike thanks. On another note is the meeting going to discuss regs and gaffing for 2019 or strictly the towing and culling. Thanks
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just voted
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Old 02-01-2019, 05:30 AM
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Old 02-01-2019, 07:02 AM
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Voted! Towing any fish to be released for a larger one is very bad practice IMO
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Old 02-01-2019, 07:11 AM
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Originally Posted by 757Southpaw View Post
Voted! Towing any fish to be released for a larger one is very bad practice IMO

Agree, why can't we just have a little fun, if you catch a legal fish all the better. Dragging a fish for hours is not cool.
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Old 02-01-2019, 08:02 AM
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​​​​​​Voted! Culling/Towing is just a waste of fish
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Old 02-01-2019, 08:10 AM
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Old 02-01-2019, 08:56 AM
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FYI.. Culling is already illegal in MD. I hope VA goes the same way. I cannot imagine the release mortality is good.
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Originally Posted by Finfever21 View Post
I voted Mike thanks. On another note is the meeting going to discuss regs and gaffing for 2019 or strictly the towing and culling. Thanks
I believe this is just for the towing issue. VMRC does not yet have the agenda published for the Feb 26 meeting. They just moved from Newport News to Fort Monroe this week.
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Old 02-03-2019, 04:53 AM
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Results so far. Keep em coming.
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Old 02-03-2019, 05:56 AM
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Why limit no culling to fish over 36”. Should be no culling period. Once a fish has been possesed it should go towards the creel. If you hope to keep a big fish, don’t take the 25”er

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Originally Posted by iFishMD View Post
Why limit no culling to fish over 36”. Should be no culling period. Once a fish has been possesed it should go towards the creel. If you hope to keep a big fish, don’t take the 25”er
Keeping a 20 inch fish in a live well is no problem, especially for us in VA who mostly fish for striper in cold water. The schoolies in a live well will survive just fine if bigger fish are caught. The 36 inch size can be debated, perhaps 28 is a better.
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Sorry but culling is just something that increases mortality for catch and release. To me the decision to release needs to be made before the fish is taken into possession regardless of size.

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Old 02-03-2019, 03:31 PM
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In my experience fishing Va waters... over many yrs (mostly cape charles to Cut channel)... The last time I could consistently catch 35" fish was in 2000 So, Yes!!!! that 36" is highly debatable! ( fish over 32?--35 need to be protected) and yes no culling (at this time) of fish over 26-30".. (my rules in my boat are 22-23)

( I'm someone on the water 3-5 days a week in our VERY short rockfish season often as can as a deckhand - so no fish)
(and our short spring season appears to be -- after most fish leave)

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I agree 100% with "IFishMD". Culling of any fish by any method is wrong. Here in Fl.(eastcoast), it is illegal to cull Red Snapper when they give us a season which is usually 1 fish per angler and only 3 days.
My personal feeling is,enjoy all the fish you catch, keep (legally) a few for the table and release the rest to spawn and grow. This is just my feeling, but, culling is just an example of today's "greedy attitude"
of "I want more and bigger". Again, just my opinion. Capt. Billy/ Right Stuff
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Many of the guys I know do agree with IfishMD, including me 99% of time.. Not a pissing match...
Maybe not the best example using FL as example,, or even MD .. I say remember-- walk a mile in the others shoes...
we Va rec's are given a 2 month period when fish ( 2 keepers) are here in lower area of bay. 1/2 of that time its mainly undersized schoolies and then about 2 weeks of bigger fish available (sometimes 3 weeks) .. In Va - A time period, pretty much the only fish around is rockfish.. Also a time known for higher winds that tend to keep many off the water..

As for FL is the red snapper only fish available at that time? ( I doubt it)

And how long is MD's season?
Credit given to MD

they do have admid/oversight that keeps PROPER forage in the bay allowing for greater population of keeper sized fish!!
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Old 02-05-2019, 12:37 PM
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As for towing fish! WTF? is this a tournament thing? Yes, STOP IT!
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Old 02-05-2019, 12:55 PM
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I have not known anyone culling like this. I don't have a very high opinion of the concept.

I wish VMRC held meetings over the state like VDGIF does. I think this is part of the problem or maybe part of the ploy. It is almost like those VA fish only belong to one geographic region. It is BS to have to travel from the mountains to the ocean to give a voice while the same region gets more localized meetings to be heard on freshwater fish and wild game.
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Never heard of it either.... some people amaze me what they come up with to bend the rules. Voted
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