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tommy2tone_1999
03-30-2010, 08:06 AM
Republican State Senator Dan Claitor is pushing a bill that would outlaw the taking of Red fish (Red Drum) in Louisiana waters by means of a bow and arrow, and spear gun. This bill has been prefiled, and has the full backing of CCA Louisiana. The baby steps to ban spearfishing continue.

Here is the bill: http://www.legis.state.la.us/billdat...asp?did=690743

GEAUX TIGERS
03-30-2010, 01:44 PM
This needs to be posted in the Upper gulfcoast section as well.

And the link doesn't work,

But i am writing an email........

I know there are a lot of guys running charters in this state (LA) that would be put out of work if this bill passes

And not to mention this will be a precursor to banning spearfishing statewide.......

chasintail
03-30-2010, 02:31 PM
Rok stays on top of all laws and bills that affect our area.He has had a petition out against this ban for a couple of weeks now on his email and facebook page.His email is dclouis@cox.net send him an email if your not on his mailing list.

zenspearo
03-30-2010, 03:16 PM
http://www.legis.state.la.us/billdata/byinst.asp?sessionid=10rs&billtype=SB&billno=573

Louis Rossignol
03-30-2010, 06:03 PM
http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/blockbanonbawfishingstopcca/

jtbspear
03-30-2010, 09:14 PM
you can shot redfish with a speargun ?????????? omfg WERE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

weekendrx
04-02-2010, 11:18 PM
i don't live in louisiana. nor have i ever speared there, but i'm sick and tired of politicians who don't spear or even r/r fish making laws that keep us out of the water. your petition has at least one signature from CT

Tin Man
04-02-2010, 11:35 PM
Thank You Weekendrx.

Petra
04-03-2010, 06:46 AM
Simply unreal. I signed and typed in additional comments on my petition too.

Wil
04-03-2010, 10:23 AM
we thank everyone for their support!!

Griswold
04-03-2010, 11:26 AM
Here's what I sent Senator Claitor


Mr. Claitor:

First this is coming at a time when I think most people in this country are not in the mood for more government. We are getting more than enough of that from the Federal level right now.

Regarding shooting of undersized or oversized fish, each person is allowed one fish over 27 inches. While I have not been bow fishing, my experience from hook and line fishing is that redfish over 27 inches are not all that common in the marsh where this activity takes place. I don’t think that there is a big problem with too many oversized fish being taken. Regarding undersized fish, your same argument could be made for shooting deer, when it comes to the number of spikes, etc. Should we ban deer hunting? Also, I have been a spearfisherman for over 30 years and can count the number of undersized fish that I have injured on one hand - mainly due to a second smaller fish being behind a larger target fish. I have injured far more fish by pulling them up from the depths with a hook in their mouth. Should we ban fishing with hooks?

There are those who would and do make the argument that fishing with a hook is like hunting in the same manner. What if we hooked a deer and then winched it in while it was thrashing about for sport. We could then unhook it and let to go. How is this so different from catch and release fishing?

My point with these examples is that we must be very careful when we start down the road of forcing our definition of “sporting” on others. Lest we forget that there are those who would love to force their opinion that all hunting and fishing is evil on us. Take a look at some of PETA’s work if you doubt this.

If this were a gear type such as gill nets which cause great harm to this and other fish populations I would be all for the measure. The reality is that the redfish population in Louisiana is very healthy and probably less than 1 percent of redfish are taken with a bow. In fact I would bet that it is less than 0.1%. Yet CCA sends out an email entitled “End bowhunting of Louisiana's last gamefish”. To the uninformed this sure sounds like bow fishing is depleting the resource – dirty politics in my opinion.

As a freedive spearfisherman, I see this as an attack on my sport. Our form of fishing, which happens to be the most selective, with almost ZERO bycatch, is being portrayed as unsporting. Earlier this week I dove to 100 feet with sharks all around, shoot a big amberjack, fought to keep it out of the rig, and made it back to the surface all on 1 breath of air. When I get back home I was greeted by an email from CCA singling out what I do as unsporting. Is it really some much more sporting to be sitting on a boat drinking a cold one, winching up fish one after the other and picking through them to select the few that are in season and inside the size limits?

By the way, I have never taken a redfish with a spear. It is almost impossible to see them inside of state waters. The visibility does not allow it.

Getting back to my initial point, is this really how you want to spend your time in public office? I think we need people fighting for less government – not more, more individual freedom – not less. I hope to see evidence that you share this opinion through your actions during your term in office. This bill is nothing more than a special interest pushing their opinion on others because they have someone in power willing to do it.

I am sending a copy of this to all the divers that I know. As a group, we have had more than enough of regulators and politicians pushing their agendas on us.

Sincerely,

Chad Morris

tommy2tone_1999
04-05-2010, 04:32 PM
Sorry for the bad link. Let's see if this works
http://www.legis.state.la.us/billdata/streamdocument.asp?did=690743

5869
04-05-2010, 05:04 PM
i don't live in louisiana. nor have i ever speared there, but i'm sick and tired of politicians who don't spear or even r/r fish making laws that keep us out of the water. your petition has at least one signature from CT

+1 from Cali.

tommy2tone_1999
04-27-2010, 01:50 PM
As of 4/21/10, the status of this bill is "WITHDRAWN FROM THE FILES OF THE SENATE". I don't know if this means its done, or if it can be filed again at a later date, but for now it's good news.

Louis Rossignol
04-27-2010, 08:03 PM
It's gone, we won.:thumps:

SpearMax
04-27-2010, 08:34 PM
It's gone, we won.:thumps:

Good riddance to that bill! :thumps:

ROBERTO REYES
04-27-2010, 08:40 PM
Chad
As I read this one, I could see the carbon fiber , 6 bands,enclosed
pen all over it.
We need more of this.:thumps:



Here's what I sent Senator Claitor


Mr. Claitor:

First this is coming at a time when I think most people in this country are not in the mood for more government. We are getting more than enough of that from the Federal level right now.

Regarding shooting of undersized or oversized fish, each person is allowed one fish over 27 inches. While I have not been bow fishing, my experience from hook and line fishing is that redfish over 27 inches are not all that common in the marsh where this activity takes place. I don’t think that there is a big problem with too many oversized fish being taken. Regarding undersized fish, your same argument could be made for shooting deer, when it comes to the number of spikes, etc. Should we ban deer hunting? Also, I have been a spearfisherman for over 30 years and can count the number of undersized fish that I have injured on one hand - mainly due to a second smaller fish being behind a larger target fish. I have injured far more fish by pulling them up from the depths with a hook in their mouth. Should we ban fishing with hooks?

There are those who would and do make the argument that fishing with a hook is like hunting in the same manner. What if we hooked a deer and then winched it in while it was thrashing about for sport. We could then unhook it and let to go. How is this so different from catch and release fishing?

My point with these examples is that we must be very careful when we start down the road of forcing our definition of “sporting” on others. Lest we forget that there are those who would love to force their opinion that all hunting and fishing is evil on us. Take a look at some of PETA’s work if you doubt this.

If this were a gear type such as gill nets which cause great harm to this and other fish populations I would be all for the measure. The reality is that the redfish population in Louisiana is very healthy and probably less than 1 percent of redfish are taken with a bow. In fact I would bet that it is less than 0.1%. Yet CCA sends out an email entitled “End bowhunting of Louisiana's last gamefish”. To the uninformed this sure sounds like bow fishing is depleting the resource – dirty politics in my opinion.

As a freedive spearfisherman, I see this as an attack on my sport. Our form of fishing, which happens to be the most selective, with almost ZERO bycatch, is being portrayed as unsporting. Earlier this week I dove to 100 feet with sharks all around, shoot a big amberjack, fought to keep it out of the rig, and made it back to the surface all on 1 breath of air. When I get back home I was greeted by an email from CCA singling out what I do as unsporting. Is it really some much more sporting to be sitting on a boat drinking a cold one, winching up fish one after the other and picking through them to select the few that are in season and inside the size limits?

By the way, I have never taken a redfish with a spear. It is almost impossible to see them inside of state waters. The visibility does not allow it.

Getting back to my initial point, is this really how you want to spend your time in public office? I think we need people fighting for less government – not more, more individual freedom – not less. I hope to see evidence that you share this opinion through your actions during your term in office. This bill is nothing more than a special interest pushing their opinion on others because they have someone in power willing to do it.

I am sending a copy of this to all the divers that I know. As a group, we have had more than enough of regulators and politicians pushing their agendas on us.

Sincerely,

Chad Morris