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Stripers as a Gamefish

December 6, 2011
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To those of you who follow my blog, I would like to apologize for being slack the past two weeks. Thanksgiving snuck up faster than I hoped and when I returned from the break, I was tasked with putting the finishing touches on the Jan/Feb 2012 issue.

Once the issue was completed, I was able to go through all my emails that had been stacking up during the holiday. Most of it as usual was junk but there was one that caught my interest. It was an email from one of our sales reps that had a video link for Striped Bass, Gamefish embedded in it.

Striped bass have been in the angling press a lot lately and unfortunately, the ink they have been receiving has been about the danger the species is in.

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Striped Bass Gamefish from Taylor Vavra on Vimeo.

No matter where or what you fish for, everyone should watch this eight-minute video. It really paints what I feel is an accurate picture of how serious this situation is.

So many people on the eastern seaboard make their living directly from stripers and maybe even more make a big percentage of their income indirectly from the fish. Stripers attract anglers which means guides are hired, gas tanks are filled up, plane tickets are purchased, cars are rented tackle is purchased – the list could go on much longer but I think you get the point. Aside from what stripers bring to the economy, if management continues the way it is now, generations to come might not ever know what the thump of a striper taking a fly feels like. Very scary. Take a few minutes and watch this vid and please, leave comments.

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