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Re: 2011 Michigan Bass Regulations Proposal Petition
« Reply #40 on: April 25, 2010, 01:45:37 AM »

Ok, I have read the petition, every posting...I am a bit lost Why do we "need" this?

I have not seen or read any real reason why this is needed...

Am I correct that it is a "want"?

Just trying to understand, the process and reason behind this

How do you classify needs & wants?  Water is a "need", food is a "need".  Catching Bass during one of the most exciting times of the year is "want", not having to lie about bass fishing on 80 degree days the 1st week of April is a "want", not having to drive down to Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, Texas, and Florida to fish a tournament in April is a "want", producing some of the sickest fishing video's ever before seen is a "want". 

Try watching your Todd Glover Video 1 again (looking forward to more of this stuff by the way - nice work!); Todd clearly lays out the deal about how great the bass fishing in Michigan when he talks about how the TN & KY guys that come up here are so shocked that we have such awesome fishing - the reason those guys are shocked is because Michigan does NOTHING to promote it's Bass Fishing and seems to actually discourage Tournament Fishing which is the real economic stimulator. 

So to answer your question directly this petition is the start of what the state with the worst economy in the country "needs".  Right now there are probably over 200 trucks and boats driving down to Indiana to fish a tournament; why because they can't fish a tournament here in Michigan and this is the best time of year to fish.  Why can't we fish a tournament here in Michigan - because the Bass Anglers have not gotten together to collectively agree on anything and seem to be OK with picking up the majority of the tab for walleye, steelhead, and other species to be stocked and studied while they sit and wait for a random day in April to even be able to go out and admittingly fish for bass.  I would have to say that each of these Michigan anglers spends about $300 to $1000 dollars on a trip to Patoka or Wawasee; and because Indiana uses common sense they will see all of that money spent in their state. 

Wouldn't it have been nice to go out with Todd Glover and film Part One on Lake Orion the 1st week in April when water temps were already in the mid-50's and as he is talking about the big fish he sticks a piggy on camera?  But you couldn't have filmed that because it is "illegal" to target bass; it just wouldn't be fair to the walleye and musky anglers who pale in comparison to the amount of bass anglers in the state. Is that a "need" for you - no it isn't but I hope it would be a "want" simply for your business.  The entire thing boils down to misinformation and politics; Michigan "needs" all the help it can get and this petition is the start of something trying to meet those "needs".  No one gains from not allowing C&R earlier here; and not being able to fish a tournament that is simply just a delayed version of the current Early Catch & Release isn't doing anyone but Indiana any favors - the fish do not benefit from this if you look all the research available.

As far as the process that is something that DK can help you with because he has already went through it - he won that long and stressful battle (we were less than a stones throw away from looking at a July 1st opener so General DK deserves his 5th Star for that one!  An induction the Sport Fishing Hall of Fame follow). This petition aims at winning another battle - winning the war on common sense should be the goal of all Bass Anglers in Michigan; until we put egos aside and start agreeing that this is a "need" this could last longer Iraq (I started the war based theme so I thought I'd just go with it!)

Does that help at all or did the rambling rant further confuse?  Would your business benefit from being able to produce some of the hottest fishing action ever seen?  It might not be a "need" or even or a "want" for you but for Michigan businesses and residents it most definitely is a "need".

Dan posted a few while typing my usual essay - my vote is to draft something similar but with language that differentiates Harvest and Possesion so Todd Glover's KY & TN boys don't ask him to come down there; instead they'll have it on their calendar to be here for a couple of weekends in April and early May.  Even if it is a limited number of tourney permits or something on larger bodies we just shouldn't have to go spend all that money in other states in April and May especially when have far superior water with far superior fishing.  Maybe throw in some Toyota Share A Lunker verbage too (this is a dream but I guess you never know!) - think of what that program would do with the Smallies on St. Clair! 
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Re: 2011 Michigan Bass Regulations Proposal Petition
« Reply #41 on: April 25, 2010, 09:33:46 AM »

Thanks, I got it....
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Re: 2011 Michigan Bass Regulations Proposal Petition
« Reply #42 on: May 18, 2010, 08:57:42 AM »

Well, May 15th has come and gone, there is a total of 205 signatures which in reality, is not enough support to really make a difference. I can say it saddens me people would not be happy with just being able to fish, 90% of the emails I got were, I could care less if it's open if I can't fish tournaments, which maybe it's because I'm just a fish bum who enjoys fishing and has no desire to compete but seems rather ridiculous to me. To each his own though and not knocking anyone.

I will print the signatures and send it in to the DNR, but don't see it going anywhere, every organization that I was told would need to support it has stated they do not without further studies being done on the impact it would have. Pretty much everyone agrees you can't compare our fishery to that of Southern States or even surrounding states. I'm no biologist so have no real opinion, I would love to chase Smallies early in the year and know what I would be doing would have no negative impact on the fishery, but maybe it would if I was farther North as many people seem to think it would.
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Re: 2011 Michigan Bass Regulations Proposal Petition
« Reply #43 on: May 18, 2010, 10:01:11 AM »

Although the response, 200+ signatures out of 1400+ members is far from a valid statistical sampling, it would seem to indicate that the majority is not in favor of a longer tournament season or are indifferent towards the prospect. With all the work it took for Dan K. and his group to get an extended catch and release season and the give and take that occurred (losing a month of C&R on 6 inland lakes)I would say this endeavor might be fruitless. (Just my opinion)
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Re: 2011 Michigan Bass Regulations Proposal Petition
« Reply #44 on: May 18, 2010, 05:20:54 PM »

Hang in their a short time guys. I haven't even talked to the MDNRE about this yet, but I have already heard through the grapevine that feelers have been put out to others from THEIR direction. That is a good sign.

I realize some people just want to have more tournaments, but that really is another, separate issue with its own challenges and needs. (Some also want to have less tournaments during the hot months by having some during the cool months, which is an interesting alternative.)

We definitely can't have them if there is no season. Change is hard for many people and takes time. I have some things in the works to help this process out. I wish I could get them done faster, but all things take time. There are many, many more anglers who just want to fish for bass and I think of everyone with these types of changes. It is with the numbers that we can get things changed, not just with members from this site. I noticed there were people on that petition who are not members of this site.

Please be patient and think of the end goal. More bass fishing as long as the resource can allow it.
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Re: 2011 Michigan Bass Regulations Proposal Petition
« Reply #45 on: December 23, 2010, 07:19:03 PM »

Signed, is this thing dead in the water?
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Re: 2011 Michigan Bass Regulations Proposal Petition
« Reply #46 on: December 24, 2010, 04:33:54 PM »

Never dead. Just delayed a little.
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Re: 2011 Michigan Bass Regulations Proposal Petition
« Reply #47 on: March 12, 2011, 03:59:53 PM »

What will this do for tournament fishing? is this a strict catch and delayed release proposal?
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Re: 2011 Michigan Bass Regulations Proposal Petition
« Reply #48 on: March 15, 2011, 06:35:22 PM »

I believe that petition was written just to allow a longer catch and immediate release season only.
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Re: 2011 Michigan Bass Regulations Proposal Petition
« Reply #49 on: March 16, 2011, 10:11:37 PM »

Signed.


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