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We were at the meeting. The Gulf council basically told us they had already made up their mind. It is quite sickening.

On another note...they are also talking about shutting down the Middle Grounds.

WTF is going on here:confused:
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lito325 wrote:
We were at the meeting. The Gulf council basically told us they had already made up their mind. It is quite sickening.

On another note...they are also talking about shutting down the Middle Grounds.

WTF is going on here:confused:
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What is the reasoning behind that move??????

From what Capt Paul said when we talked "There is no fishing pressure in The Middle Grounds that is why the fishing is so good"
And come to think of it while we were out there we did not see a single boat out there with us. Your talking about 30-35 hrs of straight fishing time on a weekend!!

WTF????
 

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I also read on another forum that the Viking fleet was going to run a Middle Grounds trip and donate the proceeds. Any truth to that?

Yes the proceeds are going to the FRA , mirror lure is donating like 15K also and lobbying other tackle companies to do the same.

THe problem with the board handling the gulf grouper is that many of them own or have a vested interest in the long line and shrimp fleet.

They are trying to screw the recreational angler and the smaller commercial boats and retain their grouper. It is a sad state of affairs doen in the gulf. The inshore rockpiles and reefs are absoloutly LLLLOOOAAADDDEEDDD with juvi gags. There is no credible evidence to support their claimed 21% mortality rate caused by recreational fishermen on short gags. This will come down to a major law suite i assume you. They also have not taken into account the amount of pressure that will be forced on other species , marinas , tackle shops , charter boats , fuel sales and many other aspects of the hastey grouper action.

In a nutshell the big commercial operations are going to have the biggest quotas for catch. the small spear , bandit and hook and line commercials will not have quotas worth making trips and sell them to the bigger boats or bury them. The long and short of it is. They are voting to basically take the right to grouper away everyone BUT themselves. I truely hope people go to jail for this fraud.
 
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