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Old 07-14-2001, 09:12 AM
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Patriot Ledger Article

The Ledger had a noice article about the virtues of bridge fishingand how it is a resource for the "everyman". What got my attention though is in the paper, not on the web site, is a photo of a schoolie being released from around 20' in the air.

The link is:

http://ledger.southofboston.com/display/inn_news/news05.txt

I see this as an opportunity to try to push catch & release into the press and sent the following email, referencing Terry's C&R Flyer, to the editor in repsonse:

editpage@ledger.com
Letter to the Editor
The Patriot Ledger
P.O. Box 9159
Quincy, MA 02269-9159
RE: Weekend Ledger Article; Reel Fishin’

Dear Sirs:

Jeffrey White did a good job illustrating the enjoyment of bridge fishing and I agree that it is “everyman’s fishing”.

However, as an avid fihserman, I take exception to Mr. White’s failure to address any type of conservation issues surrounding the Massachusetts coastal fisheries and the impact recreational fishermen have upon those fisheries. The recreational fishermen of Massachusetts are responsible for the highest mortality rates of striped bass throughout their coastal habitat. As evidence, consider the photo on the cover page showing a striped bass being “thrown back” from the Powder Point Bridge in Duxbury. Dropping this fish an estimated height of 10 to 20 feet will most likely result in the death of the fish.

The striped bass is in trouble, the current regulations allow a fisherman to keep one 28” fish per day. These are fish in the prime of their breeding life yet we choose to kill those which will ensure the future of the species to satisfy the desires of the masses. I myself practice catch and release and have killed striped bass for the table but make sure the fish I kill are in excess of 35", at or near the end of their breeding cycle.

Attached is a flyer developed by Terry Weir and endorsed by the division of Marine Enforcement promoting responsible fish handling and release. I challenge Mr. White and the Ledger to take the next step as responsible journalists and advise the public of the fragile status of the striped bass, it’s history and how the public can help ensure the species will be around for our children to enjoy, as responsible fishermen.

Thank you.

Jeff Roop

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If you feel it's worthwhile to send an email on the issue, please make sure to include your home address & phone number for the Ledger to contact you.

Thanks.

Roop
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Old 07-16-2001, 08:37 AM
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Roop,
Nice job. Missed the article in the paper before seeing your post. I'll follow up with a note of my own.
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Old 07-16-2001, 09:16 AM
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Does anyone know Roop's daytime phone number??? let me know email or thru the number below, please.

Jeff, if you read this, I can be contacted at 800-392-6090. I'd like to discuss something with you, if you please. Thanks. Dave Fix.
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Old 07-16-2001, 09:40 AM
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Jeff -

I think it would be appropriate to ask the Ledger to post editorial follow-up that highlights the damage to fish that bridgetop releases create.

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Old 07-16-2001, 10:18 AM
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"Bridgetop Release"?? Damn, so far to go...

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Old 07-18-2001, 05:40 AM
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THanks guys.

I know my response is excessive but it seemed like a good opportunity to push for some public conservation awareness.

DFix will call you today.

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Jeff,
I don't think your response is excessive at all. I agree with the response and hope it gets printed. My thoughts are always to respond with polite info. (well, almost allways), I think you will be understood and the readers will respect your opinion more. Your right on target ! Great work
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Old 07-18-2001, 06:25 PM
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Ironically, that link now points to an article called:

"Down to the sea: The lure of the sea proves lucrative as area teens reel in profits."
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Old 07-19-2001, 01:19 PM
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Roop (07-14-2001 10:12 a.m.):

Attached is a flyer developed by Terry Weir and endorsed by the division of Marine Enforcement promoting responsible fish handling and release.
Thank you.
Jeff Roop
And all this time I thought I developed this flyer.
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Old 07-19-2001, 01:28 PM
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To those keeping score, Shorebird took the body of ideas in the original flyer and turned it into something less "abrasive". He also added graphics (awesome Striper image), websites, and more ideas. In addition he is hosting the doc on his webspace. Our hats off to you Shorebird for your development efforts.

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Old 07-19-2001, 03:43 PM
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Sorry for the misunderstanding - not keeping score. Just that I read three posts on two different boards where someone else was given full credit for this project. What Lefty just posted about my involvement is accurate. The ideas came from many sources, mostly from posters at FFSW (many of whom post here as well).

As many of you know, it was Lefty (TerryW) who came up with the original idea of a poster or flyer to be printed and distributed, and he originated most of the "do's and don't" ideas on the document. Thanks, Terry.

I guess this is a good place to post the URL for anyone who hasn't yet seen it and would like to print a copy. The page is hosted on a student server, but I won't have access to it much longer. I'm working on a new site hosted by my new ISP, and when it's up I'll post that URL as well:

http://cecpeople.bu.edu/rbird/bassalert/bassalert.htm

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Old 07-19-2001, 04:14 PM
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Bob and Terry, et. al. -

You guys deserve the utmost appreciation from other sportsmen for your ideas and efforts. I think much of the problem boils down to education and you guys put your money where your mouth is for sure.

If you don't object I've taken the liberty to copy the file to:

http://www.flyfishingforum.com/expertise/SWFF/stripers/sportsmanship.htm

And made a link to this page from the top of the Stripers and Coastal Gamefish FlyTalk page.

Kudos to you guys and I will be packing some copies with a staple gun in my truck.
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Old 07-19-2001, 04:30 PM
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Excellent! Thanks, Juro.
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Old 07-19-2001, 05:01 PM
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Sorry for any misunderstanding.

I honestly thought Terry developed it. Many thanks to shorebird as well.

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Old 07-19-2001, 05:18 PM
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Roop (07-19-2001 06:01 p.m.):
Sorry for any misunderstanding.
I honestly thought Terry developed it. Many thanks to shorebird as well.
Roop
Because, essentially, he did. Terry was the originator of the idea, and presented it on FFSW.

Lots of people offered suggestions to improve it (in various ways), which 'shorebird' compiled and graciously put on a web site.

From there it was easy to print off a copy and staple to poles (or stick inside circle hook brochures and hand out, as I did on PI).

Anyway, back to the topic a bit, what suggestions are there for releasing a fish from a bridge? Maybe a Boga grip "front end" on a rope type thing?
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