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Al

I posted this message under the 43% topic but for some reason it was ignored.
This wasn't a brain storm of mine, it was an actual topic of discussion at a D.E.C. bass meeting.

How about the D.E.C. docking a barge in each major inlet were they could purchase fish from anyone willing to pay for a license to commercially fish striped bass.
Minimum 1 thousand dollars for the license.
5 fish a day.
slot size limit of 28 to 38 inches.
Only 1 license per boat.
The D.E.C. can implement quota's to insure good future fishing.
The D.E.C. can charge the fair market price for the bass.
The D.E.C. can use the monies from the high license fee and the money they make off the fish to pay for extra officers and patrolling.
If you get caught breaking the rules you get stripped of your license for life and fined.
If your fishing for your 5 fish to sell and you happen to catch a 50 pounder well too bad you have to let it go, or let your selling catch go in order to keep your 50 pounder.

Don't quote me on the exact numbers but you should have plenty of info here to form an opinion.

P.S. One of the reasons behind this idea was to keep a better tally on the number of bass being caught each season.

Thanks
 
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