I’m not that much of an alarmist (even after the cheating firestorm of last week). Whether it’s bureaucracies or water districts or any of the common “fear factors,” I can be chafed, but you have to move on. But the country we live in does not take kindly to fishing as it traditionally has–but we all haven’t been paying attention. Bass fishermen, in particular, need to rally.

It was more than 20 years ago I wrote about PETA and how they were going right after you or your kids with their anti-fishing and hunting coloring books without anyone noticing. But now PETA is almost cartoonish. If you were to rank dangerous anti-fishing influences, PETA would be among the least of our worries.

What has happened is those over-reactive or merely mis-guided individuals of 10 and 20 years ago have got past the poster-carrying stage and are now in places of influence where bad ideas become illegitimate and unscientific claims–and worse–public policy.

You can no longer sit in your $50,000 slick ride and watch your $2000 color sonar–and do nothing! To keep believing all is well is to find that gelcoat rocket parked on the side of your house with no place to go and no one to take it off your hands.

This isn’t just the claims of the fishing industry, but lots of serious anglers that I chatted with at the national fishing tackle trade show are flat-out scared that we are going to lose what we take for granted now. Don’t think this is some other state’s or some other anglers’ problem; it’s not.

So, listen up. There are 60 million anglers in the U.S. That’s a ton. They represent votes, and if they really knew what was going on with continued fishing bans, they wouldn’t wait for Shimano or Daiwa or “somebody else” to put up some cash for the cause. Heck, if every angler put up one lousy greenback, there would be 60 million dollars worth of strength to back our cause.

We need to get together now. The Keep America Fishing program is not a “feel good” operation. Frankly, I see it as a last resort. Check it out. Log in. Do what you gotta do to help.

And so you know, this isn’t the last time I’m going to bring this up. Dude, go to www.KeepAmericaFishing.org.


3 Responses to “WARNING: Anglers forced to stick together”

The same EXACT thing has been happening to the Recreational Gold Prospector (yes, I’m one), and Mining in general (which BUILT this country), and ‘off-road’ access’ for ANYTHING with a motor. These groups have BIG money and lawyers behind them now, deception and outright lies are ‘no problem’ for them (ask the hunting outfitters that have been duped/bait and switched), and you’ll almost never find them out there enjoying this country to it’s fullest, they are content to dictate from their concrete jungles… We outdoors men and women KNOW we are the TRUE conservationists, and we MUST begin to collectively assert our effort and dollars before it really IS too late.

We as BASS fishermen have seperated ourselves from other forms of fishing groups. This take away process has been going on for years in the Oceans–East and West. Bass anglers need to wake up and join this group (Keep America Fishing ) as one. We also need to educate the sometimes anglers (you know -the ones you see ogling your 50 G rig as you launch). Join this Group NOW and educate your fellow Friends and Family about what is happening to our resources. Do you think the Quagga Mussel is ONLY about the Mussel?

Another good organization that is worth supporting is the US Sportsmen’s Alliance: http://www.ussportsmen.org/.

Solid group of hunting and fishing advocates that promotes hunting, fishing, trapping, and other outdoor recreation to the young folk.