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Old 01-10-2012, 02:01 PM
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Default Re: first fish of 2012

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Wow that's quite a catch rate for the tournament -- hope this is a sign of a big rebound for the sailfish population-- and a rebound in the population for swords and marlin too.
Swords have made nothing short of a spectacular comeback. My buddy Apple actually caught the first sword landed at Bud and Mary's in a lot of years a while back, after the longline ban went into effect, and basically re-started Rec. Swordfishing in the Keys.

They have come back to the degree that sportfishers actually expect to hook up now when they go out. They are catching a lot of "shorts" under 4' long but a fair number of legal fish as well.

The Rec Swordfish clubs are trying like crazy to get everyone to report their Rec catches (as required) to NOAA in hopes of gaining power with the those making up the rules. Many of the swordfishermen are reluctant because they figure once the numbers go up the long-liners will petition to re-open, pay off the right people (through lobbyists), and fish it out again.

The swordfish clubs, however, figure that with increasing membership, and accurate reporting, they will gain more power that way with NOAA catch allotment percentages through a large contribution to the economy.

Cheers,
Jim
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