You guys are AWESOME! That's why this is my favority board.
I've been thinking a lot lately about just cutting to the chase (kind of like h2o did over and over and ove...r
- I don't paraphrase enough to ensure people know I've been listening, I want to do better so here goes - h2o, I believe you're saying YOU CAN'T KEEP THEM OFF? Let me know
I know I'm longwinded. I mean it took Mini 6 months just to read my study posts! That's just the first post on my website on the topic!
I guess I expect some of you other guys to be the ones to take up the slack and post the short, to-the-point posts most guys like to read. Thanks! I knew we could count on you.
Just what you've done here is a lot. Really! I will keep everyone updated.
Ron Spitler will represent the BASS federation view and we should be collaborating more now that he's back from Florida where they apparently don't have email
. We may even do 'good cop, bad cop' but we haven't decided yet. (Of course, I want to be bad cop
Something will happen. The writing is one the wall. I know some of the initial plans the MDNR will propose even though they're trying to keep it secret sort of, something that no government agency is very good at... but I understand why they do the things they do.
Where it ends up verses where it starts as far as the final outcome, will be different so I'm not real concerned about the initial design. We anglers will have a big say on where it ends up based on writing a few letters maybe, signing things maybe, and attending a meeting maybe and just voting.
The more determination we show them, the better, and probably the more straight-forward the final outcome. I think there's enough of us now around the state that realize what just makes sense verses what isn't realistic or productive (and is divisive too).
What I really want to get to eventually, is that we can fish as much as possible to maximize our opportunity on the majority of healthy waters, and get the positive influence on the economy and the future of fishing (and hunting even though I don't anymore), while being able to intelligently discuss issues that should be considered such as individual lakes or water-types that may need to be managed differently due to specific local issues, and how we might do that with the limited MDNR size and budget. Things like that.
We shouldn't be making things harder on the average angler or hunter and losing opportunity because of over-conservatism and managing to the lowest denominator. It doesn't work out well.
Even though a few lakes might possibly need consideration of more protection, I recognize many anglers get frustrated by complex and confusing regulations - another reason I want to make it statewide. Once things smooth out and anglers get used to the idea, then we can look at exceptions if necessary. It will work a lot better that way.