Local Tackle Store In The 21st Century"
A father and son enter the store......
Store Owner: Hello sir, may I help you?
Father: Yes, I would like to introduce my
son to fishing. We want to fish the local waters. Wasn't the blackfishing pretty good
Store Owner: The blackfishing used to be
very good around here. You're a few years too late. The stocks have collapsed and there is
a moratorium on these fish. Sorry, you can't fish for them.
Father: OK, how about flounder?
Store Owner: The flounder fishing used to be
very good, too. Not anymore. But if you want to try, just remember the size limit is now
14" and you can only keep 2 fish per person, per day. Oh, I just remembered - the
season closed yesterday. Sorry.
Father: What about snappers, a great way to
start out fishing? I have fond memories of my father and I fishing for snappers. They're
also pretty good eating too.
Store Owner: Sure, you can catch all the
snappers you want, but you have
to release them all - there is now a size limit on bluefish and snappers
Father: Even more restrictions? And no fish?
How do you stand for this? Who makes these rules anyway?
Store Owner: The rules are made by concerned
people that all have different views on what's best for this trade; they all want to tell
me how to run my business. You know, the wanna-be politicians, the doctors, lawyers and
magazine publishers, that should stick to what they know, rather than what they think they
know. They mean well, but we need more input from people actually in the trade.
Father: Hmmm..., makes sense to me.
Father: Tell me, what fish can I keep?
Store Owner: Well,
there are some eels and sea robins around.
Father: OK, we'll try some bottom fishing.
Give me some hooks, bait and some sinkers.
Store Owner: Sure, I'd be glad to set you
Store Owner: OK, everything comes out to
Father: $20.00! For hooks and bait?!?
Store Owner: No sir, the equipment came to
$5.00, but the saltwater license is another $15.00.
Father: Thanks anyway, I think I'll take my
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