RE: Balog on bed-fishing – Joe, Joe, Joe ... Please do not move down to this state and bring the northern notion of it's bad to fish for spawning bass. This subject has been beat to death and if it truly had a harmful impact on fisheries, then the state of Florida would have been decimated from the thrones of the bass fishing world many, many years before you decided to move here. Not only is the best time of year to fish down here from November to May, it's also the coolest time of the year to get out and enjoy the waters. Try it in July and August and you may want to move back up north and continue preaching to those who restrict fishing during the spawn. Otherwise, move on to your next topic.
The only true impact to fishing during the spawn is the 20,000 northerners who come down here every year and fill cooler after cooler of bass (and crappie for that matter). Now trust me, I know not all visitors are keeping their fish, but I've seen enough to know that is the only true impact of harming a fishery when these 6-, 7- and 8-pound fish are being harvested from our waters and it's happening every day at places like the Big O, Lake Kissimmee, Toho and the rest of the Florida lakes. A 200-boat tournament where catch and release is the common practice is not impacting the state of the spawn at any alarming levels that have been going on since catch and release has become a staple in the bass fishing world.
If the state of Florida chose to operate the way northern waters are run by eliminating fishing for bass during the spawn (which is roughly half the year long here), it would cripple the freshwater fishing industry in this state. Please keep the opinions and thoughts about how this state should run its programs and how the anglers in it should choose to fish to maybe just the thoughts in your head. It's really quite simple – if you don't want to catch spawning fish down here, don't fish from about the beginning of November until about the third week of May, Also, pack plenty of water and sunscreen for those dog days of summer, because if you fish at all during those times, I can promise you one thing ... you're going to catch a spawning fish.
Welcome to Florida.