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Old 03-25-2020, 05:40 PM
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WDFW closes recreational fishing statewide in wake of governor's order to 'Stay Home, Stay Healthy' in response to COVID-19

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Old 03-25-2020, 06:10 PM
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Yup. The gov probably doesn’t even fish. Gotta be a loser for sure. Probably a communist.
Old 03-25-2020, 07:18 PM
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interesting. here in the Northeast, governors are doing the opposite (opening early) to encourage / help provide safe, outdoor, “socially distant” activities...
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Sure. So, instead of letting them catch food for their freezer, they'll need to go to the store to get the food. Exposing themselves and others.
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Old 03-26-2020, 04:02 AM
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People ain’t smart .
they should be doing whatever they can to enhance and encourage any type of fishing .
out of the house
away from people
potential food
mind off the insanity!
Only a complete idiot would close fishing .
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Florida State has closed state parks (some ramps) and some counties in metropolitan areas (Miami) have closed County ramps (except to commercial). Our County ramps are open for now.. but people not paying attention, loading boats with people, huge crowds at sandbars, illegal parking of trucks and trailers. If those actions continue local ramps might get shut too.
Old 03-26-2020, 05:33 AM
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The main problem in Florida is the large amount of people thinking this is a joke and congregating at the sand bars. I would not think this is an issue in the northwest.
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It would make sense to close all other activities except fishing. Fishing on private vessels would be ideal, I could understand the stoping of charters as same crew with different people every day. would lead to some spread. But the problem is people are just blowing off the regs and gathering. What should happen is tickets of 1000.00 to anybody caught gathering, use that money to fund the 2 trillion aid package. I know your going to say that is a lot of tickets, But just think,
1 sand bar gathering,,, 200 ppl * 1000.00 so A single bust could be 200,000.00 bucks. repeat daily until this chaos is over. Might as well leave the malls open and put a cop there also. charging 1000.00 per day to enter

As long as a cop walks up and says please disperse. PPL will continue to find new spots to congregate.
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Originally Posted by JohninFla View Post
Florida State has closed state parks (some ramps) and some counties in metropolitan areas (Miami) have closed County ramps (except to commercial). Our County ramps are open for now.. but people not paying attention, loading boats with people, huge crowds at sandbars, illegal parking of trucks and trailers. If those actions continue local ramps might get shut too.
Yes, I'm very worried about ramps closing. I hope private ones would stay open.
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I think that keeping access to fishing open would be a big priority, especially as large commercial fishing grinds to a halt, and fish become scarce in the markets.
Closing off fishing is like denying farmers access to their fields.
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Originally Posted by highflier1 View Post
It would make sense to close all other activities except fishing. Fishing on private vessels would be ideal, I could understand the stoping of charters as same crew with different people every day. would lead to some spread. But the problem is people are just blowing off the regs and gathering. What should happen is tickets of 1000.00 to anybody caught gathering, use that money to fund the 2 trillion aid package. I know your going to say that is a lot of tickets, But just think,
1 sand bar gathering,,, 200 ppl * 1000.00 so A single bust could be 200,000.00 bucks. repeat daily until this chaos is over. Might as well leave the malls open and put a cop there also. charging 1000.00 per day to enter

As long as a cop walks up and says please disperse. PPL will continue to find new spots to congregate.
I completely agree with your statement about people blowing off the “Regs” and gathering at sandbars, islands, beaches, etc. Thats exactly what caused Miami Dade and other SE counties to close the ramps and screw honest fishermen that just want to go out, get away from this craziness and fish!

However, I respectfully disagree with your comment of closing down charters. Yes, I run a charter business and yes, I believe it is an essential business. The only thing saving my ass right now are out of town guests that are already here or locals that have nothing to do and either don’t have boats, cant access ramps or just want someone else to do the work and have a better chance of catching fish. We provide a form of escape and distancing that is becoming harder and harder to do on their own.

Now, I have taken many extra steps to prevent the possibility of spreading any illness to my guests and to myself. I sure as hell don’t want to get this crap any worse than I want my guests to be infected. I have a family to protect and if I get sick then my business is really screwed. I have added more bleach to my wash down routine, I disinfect all my gear (rods/reels/handles), I have my own cooler and my guests have theirs, etc. Those steps are a little time consuming but well worth it. I have to say, the hardest part is not shaking hands or hugging it out with my guests after landing a great fish or saying our goodbye’s at the dock.

I can honestly say I practice better sanitizing with my boat and gear than I have seen at my local grocery stores and gas stations. That’s about the only 2 places I seem to be going to the last two weeks....
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We are heading out this morning out of Boca Grande as long as the winds don't get to bad at least 20 miles out no one around us. As far as FWC the issued a statement the other day that all boats must remain 50ft apart and no more than 10 people on boat and will be strictly enforced!

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Originally Posted by Jay_Rod View Post
I completely agree with your statement about people blowing off the “Regs” and gathering at sandbars, islands, beaches, etc. Thats exactly what caused Miami Dade and other SE counties to close the ramps and screw honest fishermen that just want to go out, get away from this craziness and fish!

However, I respectfully disagree with your comment of closing down charters. Yes, I run a charter business and yes, I believe it is an essential business. The only thing saving my ass right now are out of town guests that are already here or locals that have nothing to do and either don’t have boats, cant access ramps or just want someone else to do the work and have a better chance of catching fish. We provide a form of escape and distancing that is becoming harder and harder to do on their own.

Now, I have taken many extra steps to prevent the possibility of spreading any illness to my guests and to myself. I sure as hell don’t want to get this crap any worse than I want my guests to be infected. I have a family to protect and if I get sick then my business is really screwed. I have added more bleach to my wash down routine, I disinfect all my gear (rods/reels/handles), I have my own cooler and my guests have theirs, etc. Those steps are a little time consuming but well worth it. I have to say, the hardest part is not shaking hands or hugging it out with my guests after landing a great fish or saying our goodbye’s at the dock.

I can honestly say I practice better sanitizing with my boat and gear than I have seen at my local grocery stores and gas stations. That’s about the only 2 places I seem to be going to the last two weeks....
As much as I feel for you as a business owner, your business is not essential to everyday life, its only essential to your livelihood. I highly recommend applying for the Relief fund as soon as possible. If you need any help, let me know. I would be more then happy to help a local fisherman. PM me if you need. Anyone for that matter. I am a local business down here and feel your pain.
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