It has been brought to my attention that Fred Allen has publicly
criticized the West Coast couples because of Randy and Chrissy's
fish dying at the ramp. Criticizing privately to show your concern
is one thing. But to publicly say:
"In my 28 years with the club our demeanor has changed. The handling
of the fish at the weigh in was deplorable." ~Fred
"While the death rate for fish
caught and immediately released by sport anglers is between 1
and 2 percent, biologists say the acceptable death rate in
tournaments -- in which fish are caught, held for hours in live
wells and handled before release -- is 26 to 28 percent." ~DNR
In ALL of 2014 (last year, the WCC
weighed 617 fish with 53 dead. That is 8.6% WELL BELOW (1/3) of
the acceptable rate suggested by U.S. Biologist.
I went back to 2006 and pulled the
numbers (We averaged 28+ boats) 694 fish caught 84 died = 12.1%
( Less than 1/2 of the "Acceptable Dead fish %" by U.S.
Fisheries Biologist. (Also read this article to see that we are
WAY below Mortality rates)
NON-Tournament fishing mortality
rates are nearly 33%. We handle the fish with CARE and have one
of the LOWEST mortality rates in most tournament across Florida
and I have the data to prove it. Bashing this club will NOT BE
TOLERATED as long as you are a member! If you would like to
terminate your membership and bash us, then you better have the
data to back it up!
NOBODY wanted their fish to die
(especially when it cost them 3rd, 4th and 5th place) ANY dead
fish go to charity and help FEED people. These fish went to a
local family that will eat them for the next several weeks. I
remember for YEARS you and Barb would keep dead fish and clean
them with no complaints.
If you have anything to say or bitch
about, please come to me or one of the Tournament directors or
better yet Step up and volunteer to be on the committee.
Brian Crocker 813-781-0909