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Steve Fouga

Do the croaker sold at bait shops come from fish farms? I hope so, but I don't think so; I think they're commercially netted. Young croaker are not being allowed to reach maturity because of their popularity for catching specks.

This is a shame, because in my opinion a full-grown croaker is a more desirable fish than a speckled trout. They fight harder, taste better, and are easier to catch. Admittedly they don't get as big.

Maybe it's odd, but using live shrimp and artificials I used to catch more specks than I do now using the same bait. Plus, I used to catch more croaker than I do now. For me, fishing was better before the advent of live croaker as bait...

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