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This story is missing PLENTY of FACTS!!!
First is "Doc Ford's" pulling their sponsorship yet the PTTS website still lists a sponsored boat. In fact I saw this boat fishing a few days ago with clients, and they were fishing "ethically"! PTTS rules and regulations state circle hooks may only be used. They are the only hooks on board these boats!!! "....boats dropping artificial baits called jigs into the tightly packed school of fish and then jerking their lines upwards to snag a fish rather than waiting for the fish to bite.
Critics of the practice say many of the fish are hooked in the side, tail or belly, making it more likely they will not survive or will become easy prey for sharks."
What terrible publishing! First, you can't "snag" fish using a circle hook! They were designed to prevent that practice. It's impossible!! So way to go NDN for doing research on this. Obviously writinga piece on fishing as a non-fiherman is wonderful media practice! Secondly, they are listed as easy prey for sharks. You are kidding me right. Sharks always follow these fish, year round. They are opportunistic feeders and will eat when they want to. Do you relaize how many fish are in the pass, 100's of thousands, and the likely hood of a shark singling out that one fish... good luck!
Finally, the teams that fish the tournaments and charter captains alike protect this fishery like a child. It's is their income and livelyhood! These captains care more for this fishery than anyone who writes , handle the fish properly, and always practice ethics before results. That's called sport fishing, not catching!
Mr. White as a former guide shame on you!! AS for "Doc Ford's" sponsorship, I look forward to seeing the advertising still on the water!!
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