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October 10, 2012

Bill allows spearfishing for striped bass

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“We are picking the one or two fish we are going to take, and letting numerous other fish go by if they aren’t the right size,” she said.

“It is a really gorgeous way to get in touch with nature,” she added.

Swenson said lifting the ban on striped bass will allow Massachusetts to hold tournaments like other states. The club sport is very popular in California and Florida, according to Swenson. Next August the national tournament will be held in Rhode Island, she said.

“It is a million dollars in revenue lost because of this law, because striped bass is the main catch around here,” Swenson estimated.

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