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I thought maybe it was time to start a new page since the old one is getting quite lengthy. The general conversation is rightly towards moving to a more conversative limit... but in the general conversation some things have been forgotten. First of all we as a community of fisherpeople(to be political correct) have promoted C&R and take a kid fishing-both excellent points......but the main point of a conversation on reducing limits must take in the fact that no matter what we do today, the fishing pressure will increase in the future...we as a population have increased 10 fold and we in the next 20 yrs will do so again ..what does that mean to us? Gone are the days of the 10/10 limit of open territorial waters, gone are the days of the gill nets, soon gone are the days of the 6 fish limit --and I do mean statewide--20 or 30 yrs from now the arguement will not be dropping to a 4 fish limit but down to a 2 fish limit or less statewide. When I first starting playing on this lake --I knew every boat over 25ft by the markings on her side to the length of her antennae..now that is no longer the case. Through the posperity of the world more and more private people are able to afford a 27 to 30 ft boat. Gone are the days when a resort would haul out 5 boats tied to the only one that had a 3hp motor..it seems like everyone you know has at least a 20footer..fully rigged with the latest gadgets--including downriggers.<BR>Winter business has exploded on this lake --no argument can be raised there. But so has summer fishing and river fishing in the spring as well as the rest of the year. But it also must be realized that this lake is not unique in that aspect. Fishing in the entire state and neighboring states for that matter has increased as well,and will continue to rise. So lets just agree to agree that this argument will be an ongoing one for the length of my life. Basically all we as a group of fisherpeople are trying to accomplish today is that we have the opportunity to continue in the future..much the same as the reason that the DNR was created in the first place.<BR>AS a final note to this long winded stand-as for as technoloy goes--can you remember when bamboo canes went the wayside of fiberglass poles--or homemade wooden lures got replaced by the mass produced metal and plastic lures --or more recent the flasher has gotten replaced by the underwater camera. So what really takes more fish out of a lake----NEW STYLES OR MORE PEOPLE<P>

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charterboss

Forgot one major point there<P><BR>TO CONTROL A RESOURCE YOU HAVE TO HAVE A RESOURCE

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Tom Stay

Foxy- Thanks for setting the record straight. Well needed at a time when (some people) think they all have the best solutions. Like yourself, I've been around this system for a long time, the increase in pressure on the river and lake is unbeleivable at times, however, a solution is needed some where down the line, but the fishing here is still second to none for multi species angling anywhere in the state. That one would be hard to argue.<P>Stop by the lodge for a cold one, I'll buy!<BR><P>------------------<BR><A HREF="http://www.gonzosguideservice.com" TARGET=_blank>www.gonzosguideservice.com</A>

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bturck

CharterBoss: Great points. There is no doubt that the resources need to be controlled, and more often than not that means starting today. I'm headed up Thursday hope to hook up with you. Bill

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