Let the Good Times Roll: Louisiana Cashes in its Chips with the 1995 Net Ban Paperback – February 1, 2017
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- Publisher : New Moon Press; First edition (February 1, 2017)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 332 pages
- ISBN-10 : 099638829X
- ISBN-13 : 978-0996388290
- Item Weight : 1 pounds
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First off, my name is Devin. I am an avid inshore angler (sports fisherman) and former charter captain. I make my living by sharing my passion for Louisiana's waters and teaching people how to effectively fish them.
Also, my step-mother is Cliff Glockner's daughter. I knew Cliff and he is in this book. She didn't think I would like Robert Fritchey's work, but my father thought otherwise and got it for me anyways. I am so glad he did. The chapter on Cliff alone was worth it! I couldn't help but laugh at the very last story.
I will tell you that Robert Fritchey is an excellent writer! It's good he came up with this book because it's important we hear the side of the commercial fishermen who don't have the gift Robert has.
Does he tell everything? No. He conveniently left out events that would make the commercials look horrible, like physical violence by gill netters against families who just want to go fishing. Things like real estate property being torched to the ground, trucks and boats being pulled over and set ablaze. I remember and so do many others. With actions like that, it was easy to pit the general public against "gill nets".
But, that's water under the bridge. It doesn't matter anymore.
What matters to me, as a person who has an enormous following of "sports" numbering in the tens of thousands, is to keep a level-headed and unbiased perspective on the past, present and future. Inshore anglers have a lot of power and influence. That power and influence should be wielded responsibly, not recklessly. No one's ability to provide for their families should ever be taken away on a whim.
With that said, there is only one constant in Louisiana: change. Our population is growing and land disappearing. I can't tell you what would have happened if gill nets weren't banned. It seems to me gill nets would have eventually met their match with imported seafood, just as the shrimpers have. For now, I can tell you the redfish fishing is amazing. We routinely see schools of hundreds deep inside the marsh and out in the Gulf. They're certainly not hurting.
Either way, there are issues today threatening both commercial and recreational interests. I think sports anglers should read this book to help give them a better perspective so we can unite to defeat the threats to both our interests.
Rob, thanks for writing this book. It was a good read and captured a slice of Louisiana that, unfortunately, is gone forever. I highly recommend it to anyone wanting to learn what happened in those days.
a great read
Dr. Frank B. Cogswell