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I have some pictures like that from the late '70's and early '80's. I remember two of us gigging about 75 one night in the lower Pamlico. Haven't seen any of those nights in a long time.
 

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I cant see why someone needs so many fish in the first place. Im not opposed to keeping or eating fish. I practice this all the time. But only enough for a family meal or at most a few meals. Take care of the environment or it will all disappear and noone will have any.

And if you dont bring home three months of fish, it just gives you more reason to go back out and do it again.

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I used to lay most of the blame with the comm's, now I think more about sedimentation and tons of fertilizer going into the rivers and sounds. Farmers and the average homeowner are both to blame for the fertilizer, one uses it to put food on your table, the other to keep the HOA at bay. Commercial bycatch is just a piece of the puzzle just like somebody bringing home a pickup bed of flounder because they had a bunch of people on their boat.
 

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I cant see why someone needs so many fish in the first place. Im not opposed to keeping or eating fish.
emu103 Just to answer your question many of these pictures are from the 60's and 70's when people did not just catch fish for themselves but for the whole block (both sides). For some families this was a real gift to be bartered back in a neighborhood way. Those days are long gone both on land and in the water.
 

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I remember as a kid my relatives bringing my folks fish and we would take fish to them as well. We had canned vegetables and had meat from family hog killings. It was a way of life and a way of survival during the winter months when money was limited. I am very thankful we had those resources growing up.
 

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Lots of times a trip to the beach only happened once a year. It took 4.5 - 5 hours to drive from G'boro to Morehead. We may have kept more than we should have but I can tell you for a fact that none went in the trash!
 

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I wish I had a picture of a true spot run catch. The last good one was about 11 years ago. There hasn't been one since.
 

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We used to catch tons of fish and depending on the species kept most of it, we used to pick and choose size and sex based on location and time of year even back in the 70s-80s because my folks are country people and know a resource has to be able to spawn to stay strong in numbers. We often visited a few houses on the way home and shared our catch with the less fortunate, disabled, or just too busy to go themnselves and always got vegetables, canned goods, eggs and other goodies in return or they were quick to come chop wood, or do work when we needed the help. I do beleive the environment and growth of mankind has caused alot of damage to our fisheries and now it is more important than ever to think about what you keep and what you plan to do with it. With the low numbers we have today, any methods of "mass catching" are just bad, and that is why commercial harvest is so targeted.
 

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I remember back in the early 70's my dad had a flounder boat. They didn't count there catch, they weighed it. It was not uncommon to get 150 to 200lbs. I ate a lot of flounder growing up.
 

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i remember back in 70"s and 80"s my dad and would go out catch coolers fool of fish, even set nets at rose bay filling two or three coolers of trout spot croaker etc...and not one fish went to waste..everyone was cleaned and saved. we ate fish four times a week. along with stuff out the garden...some folks back then had to do what they could...and folks believed in giving to others back then............................................................................
 

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Im only 24 and dont remember any of it. Ive grown up with a sub standard fishery. I always look at states like Florida, Louisiana, and even Virginia that are much better managed than ours, and dream of what could be. Oh well though :(.
 

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I have found myself making this same statement after frustrating fishing trips (and seasons like the one I had last summer) but if you take a long look back, things may be actually better in some respects.
- My dad grew up in Duck in the 50s and I visited and fished up there as a kid in the 70s. There were few days that we weren't surf fishing. We honestly did not know what a red drum was. Just wasn't something we saw. Ever. I will say we could catch almost all the keeper flounder we wanted in the surf back in those days though - easy as throwing a piece of shrimp on a bottom rig. Still happens today, but not commonly on that rig or in numbers.
- The ONLY way we fished for blues was when we saw a mass bird feeding going on. We always kept a couple of rods/reels rigged up with hopkins or whatever leaned up against the house and in the summertime if we saw the birds working, we'd run down and start throwing at them and experienced many blues blitzes. You never blind casted for them. Those blues blitzes were extremely rare for us in the 90s and early 2000s and in recent years I have seen some epoch ones (If you happened to be at Cape Point in October 2012 you saw multi-day, non-stop blues blitzes that were significantly bigger than what we saw in the 60s and 70s, with bigger fish)
- My dad and I cannot remember catching Spanish Mackerel from the surf in the 50s-70s, and we threw a lot of metal at blues over those years. I have old timers here in Emerald Isle that look at me like I'm crazy when I tell them I'm fishing for Spanish from the surf. 2 summers ago I had an old guy who grew up here ask me what I caught as I walked back from the beach. I told him Spanish. He literally did not believe me and asked to see my cooler. He was amazed.
- We are currently experiencing outstanding recreational red drum catches - have to think as a result of the commercial shutdown.
- I know crab and some other species are way down right now, for a number of reasons to include too much rain.

Anyway, not all gloom and doom!
 

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FishinCary. Stretch a net. Yes, many of us grew up spending time fishing with our fathers out along the coast. In the fall, it wasn't unusual to stretch a net to put food in the freezer.

I don't have a problem with it today. I do plenty of "sportfishing" I pay my dues. I spend THOUSANDS every year surf fishing.
Still plenty of spots. I got all I wanted in 2 hours last year. I just wasn't standing on a pier waiting and hoping. I was mobile.

Inshore trawling. The way I look at it.....I'm not from there. My family is not one of those that has made it's living commercial fishing. I'm a woodser. An inlander. I really don't have a dog in the fight. I don't think any inlander really has a dog in the fight.
I do think making a living comes before recreation though. At least that is the way I was raised.
If you can't live with or accept my views and actions......move a long. There aint a guilty bone in my body about the way I fish. Anybody that actually knows me and has fished with me knows that I am far from the water raper you infer that I am.

I'm just not into people that that tell me how I should fish and there is a lot of that goes on here as well as elsewhere. I think it's a real shallow behavior, especially when you haven't even bothered to get to know that person. Absolutely knows nothing about what that person has done for NC fish and wildlife or has any clue what they donate to.

YES! I lobbied real hard for a saltwater fishing license for years.
I know you didn't know that about me.
 
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