"Photos, Not Fillets" Say Long Beach Anglers
LONG BEACH, Calif. - Lately, Conservationists and fishermen have spent considerable time and energy yelling at each other. Two advocates for ethical angling think they may have found some middle ground and a new way to unite those respective camps under the banner of their common love for fishing.
Don Ashley from Pierpoint Landing in Long Beach has partnered with Tom Raftican from The Sportfishing Conservancy to implement "Toss Back Tuesday." On Tuesday, May 18th, at a cost of $45 per person, anglers are invited to fish the Toronado out of Pierpoint Landing in Long Beach at 7:00 A.M., on which every fish caught will be "tossed back."
There will be a camera and printer on board, and anglers who catch fish will get their pictures taken as part of the "Photos, Not Fillets" campaign. The Sportfishing Conservancy will kick in the first $100 towards the jackpot for the largest released fish. All anglers will receive a swag bag that includes a half-day pass compliments of Ashley.
"I'd like to thank Don Ashley and Pierpoint for kicking off 'Toss Back Tuesdays' on the Toronado, said Raftican, founder of The Sportfishing Conservancy. "His efforts demonstrate that sportfishing and an exciting day on the water go hand in hand with the type of conservation programs recreational anglers are famous for. Don has started an awesome program that promises great rewards for both sport fishing and our resources." Raftican added, "This may not be for everyone, but Toss-Back Tuesdays offer the perfect excuse for those of us who love to fish and have fun to sneak out for some quality time on the water."