#1718, "RE: Rago at it again" In response to Reply # 2
Well if he thinks he'll catch them forever that big he is dead wrong. A few years from know when he or people in general ask the q, why aren't they as big as before?hmmmm ... and I'm speaking through and education in fisheries management/Bio....if eveyone did that well, you know
#1720, "RE: Rago at it again" In response to Reply # 3
Jerry has been catching stripers like this for years, yes years. How long have these fish been there? How many fish has he released, I know how many and it is a lot. Early this year Jerry caught a 50lb+ striper at Willow Beach and released it and was called a liar by another bait maker on his website. Jerry and I caught some good Stripers during ICAST and released all but two that did not make it after a long time trying to revive them. when the pics were posted, again he called us both liars. These fish went to the marina for one reason and now you know why. David Conway
#1721, "RE: Rago at it again" In response to Reply # 5
I totally see where both sides are coming from. Frankly Jerry has the right to do what he wants with the fish he’s catching as all of us are. I know what’s going on with the “other” lure maker. I’ve been put in the same situation.
Friends have told me that the stress a bigger striper experiences during the fight will almost guarantee it will die unless immediately released. Even though they may swim off the damage has been done. They say it’s like catching and releasing White Seabass. I’m sure you’ve all heard the fighting that goes on over that. I personally make sure I get a picture of all bigger fish which means that they cannot be immediately released. I also enjoy a striper dinner every now and then…. I cannot stand store bought fish.
If people jump on Guys every time they post a report or picture that shows a dead striper I’m sure the pictures and post will stop and then everyone will loose out.
#1722, "RE: Rago at it again" In response to Reply # 6
Shane WOW, I can't believe someone actually took the chance to speak the truth. You sound like you have been there before. Guys that have caught these big Stripers know they fight themselves to the end sometimes. We have released some of these fish right away and followed them down stream, only to have them roll over and die miles down stream. Luckily they come back to the surface. How many guys can say they have taken the time to do that, so stop the bashing. Shane I appreciate your post, but I should expect it from someone that puts his real name behind his screen name. You are also right about people not posting because of the bashing. I know lots of guys that are reluctant to post pictures, including myself and like you said we all loose than. This is the imformation super highway. David
#1724, "RE: Rago at it again" In response to Reply # 7
I’ve learned a lot about big stripers over the past few years. Anyone who has ever put a striper in a live well no-matter what size it is should know how fast they die. I know what your saying about the floaters. We let some 10 pound fish go immediately after being caught and they floated. The swim bladders in those bigger fish blow up and stay that way for some reason.
I appreciate you and Jerry taking the time to post. As far as the other lure maker goes…Jerry doesn’t have to hold his fish at arms length to make them look bigger. The last couple of pictures I’ve seen in the Western outdoor news of that guy made me wonder if he has super strength. I know how much a 40 plus pound striper weighs and I don’t know too many people that can hold 40 pounds of fish straight out like he does. This is just something I’ve observed. The lure business sure is getting ugly.....that’s for sure. -Shane