If you fished offshore from North Carolina to the Florida Keys this past week and caught any black sea bass, you were fortunate. But don't plan on doing it again. The South Atlantic Fisheries Management Council (SAFMC) has done it again - this time closing, effective February 12, the black sea bass season until June 1 of this year. This applies to Federal waters from 3 to 200 miles offshore.
Here is the situation in my back yard: Closed to all harvest right now are spotted seatrout, all grouper varieties, vermilion snapper, snook, and red snapper. A trip offshore means burning a lot of fuel and literally no fish to bring home to the table.
Following close on the heels of all this are the pending changes from the SAFMC in the bag limits and seasons for dolphin (mahi mahi), wahoo, and cobia.
The anti-fishing folks and environmentalists are quietly hailing all this as a victory in their efforts to totally eliminate fishing in any form. If you sit back and bemoan the situation without contacting your legislative officials to express your outrage, your fishing rights will be slowly and completely ended right before your eyes.
Get up from your computer and start writing and calling NOW. The future of your fishing freedom may depend on your call!