Anglers need to keep an eye on what government is doing to their sport

rodcrafter@islc.netOctober 7, 2012 

Sportfishermen may find themselves having to share more than their catch information if Congress proceeds with current plans.

How would you feel if your contributions were diverted from their intended goal? Think it can't happen? Think again -- it's closer to reality than you may think.

No matter how it may be masked or overwritten, the goal of Congress is to withhold your contributions. When all is said and done, you can forget about landing improvements, angler aid and any program funds for the next generation of fishermen.

This is nothing short of theft, and Congress is doing it right under our noses under the pretence of fair and equitable.

"The angling and boating community was shocked to learn that, for the first time in its 62-year history, the Sport Fish Restoration and Boating Trust Fund, the backbone of fisheries conservation in the United States, is recommended for a cut under sequestration totaling $34 million," said Gordon Robertson, V.P. of the American Sportfishing Association.

If you want the facts, don't wait for the government to establish a mock precedent of approval. It's not their place, anytime they fall short of balancing their household, to assume they can take from another.

Get the facts. Go to http://www.activistangler.com/journal/2012/9/25/feds-set-to-steal-fisher... and prepare for another shock brought on by the so-called experts who so willingly assume we will follow.

Meetings and Events

  • The Sea Island Fly Fishers will meet at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Bay Street Outfitters in Beaufort. John Gribb, experienced outdoors writer and photographer, will share his expertise. Also, Alan Dechovitz, avid fisherman and boater, will show how to get the most out of tide logs. The public is invited, and those interested in saltwater fly fishing are encouraged to attend. Call 843-522-8911 or go to www.flyfishingbeaufort.com.

  • The Beaufort Sportfishing and Diving Club will hold its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Beaufort Yacht and Sailing Club on Lady's Island. The social gathering starts at 6:30 p.m. Capt. Brian McCaffree of Holden On Charters will give a presentation on where and how to catch fish during this time of year. He will display rods and reels, and compare different lures and techniques. A discussion will be held regarding live bait vs. lures, and when to make the switch. He also will touch on weather conditions and water temperatures. No reservations needed, and guests are welcome. For more information, call Capt. Frank Gibson at 843-522-2020.

  • The Owen Perry Memorial Fishing Tournament will be Oct. 19-20 at the Fripp Island Marina.. Proceeds will be used to fund Camp Rainbow for kids with cancer and rare blood diseases. The captains meeting will be from 6-7 p.m. on Oct. 19, with a Lowcountry cookout. Fishing starts at 7 a.m. Oct. 20. Awards will be given for the two largest spottails, the spottail with the most spots, the two largest speckled trout and another category to be determined. The entry fee of $250 includes dinner, two T-shirts and all festivities. For information, call Fripp Island Marina at 843-838-1517.

  • The fifth annual Taste of Waddell, a celebration of the Port Royal Sound Ecosystem, will be held Sunday, Nov. 11, from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Waddell Mariculture Center on Sawmill Creek Road in Bluffton. Shrimp dinner will be served, and the event will feature music, a silent auction and tours of the Mariculture Center and nature trails. Tickets for the event are $30 per person with beer, wine and May River oysters extra. The event benefits the cobia, red drum and sea trout stock enhancement at the center. For information, go to www.friendsofwaddell.org or call Dave at 843-785-4106.

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