Posted by: socalsalty | August 6, 2012

IMPORTANT! – DFG Meeting Re: New Saltwater Bass Regs

Save saltwater bass fishing for future anglers

So Cal anglers…this is a VERY important issue that could potentially, drastically affect the face of sportfishing as we know it.  Please read below and either show up this Wednesday, August 8th in Ventura to share your opinion, or write to the commission to let them know how you feel.  Below are the 3 options being considered.  The commission will likely implement some combination of the three options.

I personally support raising the minimum take size to 13 inches, keeping the bag limit at 10, but reducing the individual species take to 5 of any one of the 3 species (calico, sand, spotted bay bass).  Closing down sand bass at the height of summer fishing season would (in my opinion) make sportfishing a rich man only game as it would absolutely crush a majority of the local boats (1/2 and 3/4 day) where a lot of us got our start and continue to enjoy in between the longer trips.  PLEASE READ AND RESPOND.

The meeting will begin Wed. 8th at 8:30 am here:

The Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach Hotel,
450 E. Harbor Blvd.
Ventura, California

Or you can email the commission at: FGC@fgc.ca.gov

The following summarizes the options for regulatory change in Title 14, Sections 27.65(b)(1) and 28.30:

Option 1: The proposed regulation would increase the minimum size limit for bass to either 13, 14, or 15 inches total length. An increase in the minimum size limit to 13, 14,
or 15 inches will require a corresponding increase in the fillet length size to 7, 7.5, or 8 inches, respectively and a corresponding increase in the alternate length size to 9.25, 10, or 10.75 inches, respectively. Ocean whitefish fillets would retain the 6.5 inches
minimum length and require the entire skin be attached.

Option 2: Current regulations specify a limit of 10 fish (bass) in any combination of species. The proposed regulation would retain the 10 fish upper limit in aggregate stipulation, but provide for a reduction in the individual species limit within the range of 10 to 0.

Option 3: Current regulations do not specify any seasonal closure of barred sand bass fishing. The proposed regulation would close barred sand bass fishing from 1 week to 3 months during the spawning season (June 1-August 31).

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Responses

  1. I took the time to write a thoughful email to the commission not only to consider my opinion on the matter, but to encourage them to encourage others to promote good fishing ethics, and to provide incentive to do so. I see too many people, some of whom are new anglers, getting bashed on online message boards for not following good ethics, even though they are within their LEGAL RIGHTS. That can turn off some new potential anglers from fishing entirely. Let’s keep try POSITIVE ENCOURAGEMENT, people, and I believe that can start with the DFG. I’ve had enough of some people standing high on their pulpit.

  2. And by the way THANK YOU VERY MUCH for posting this Joe! I hope it reaches a lot of people before Wednesday.

    • Thanks Jimmy. I appreciate your feedback, especially given your perspective of owning/operating a sportboat. This blog was started for the anglers and the boats and this is a very important issue that we all need to get behind in getting the word out.

  3. HI Guys,

    Do you think anyone will do a summary of the meeting and how the feel was on the direction to take by the powers that be ?

    Saw nothing yet.

    tsurikichi

    • Ron,
      Thanks for stopping by. I haven’t heard anything yet. There is another public meeting to discuss this topic in November in LA, so they may still be in an information gathering mode. As soon as I hear something, I’ll post on it here.
      Joe


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