“The surfcasting7stripes logo stands for something. Unified awareness, unified etiquette, unified respect and unified efforts towards striped bass conservation among the recreational community. This means focusing our efforts on the resource, striped bass, and less on the weight of our coolers. It means educating our fellow anglers if we witness the mishandling of fish or improper revival techniques.”- Ryan Conceicao
"Our goal at the American Saltwater Guides Association is to activate and empower the recreational fishing community while representing it at the federal, regional, and state levels. That means uniting with passionate individuals and organizations that share our values while helping to advocate for sound management and a strong conservation ethic among anglers. Surfcasting Seven Stripes and the Tightlined Conservation Coalition are two great examples of how everyday anglers have committed themselves to the cause by working to bring together like-minded members of the angling community to support and raise awareness around key conservation issues. We appreciate their support and effort, and look forward to continuing to be a voice for them and the recreational fishing community on critical management efforts up and down the coast." - Tony Fredrich VP/Policy Director ASGA
It was an early summer morning in the summer of 2019. I was fishing the Cape Cod Canal roughly around 4:15 am when all of a sudden my Mag Darter felt like it hit a brick wall. My reel screamed the glorious buzz every fisherman loves to hear. What I witnessed over the next 3 hours from my fellow recreational fishermen was the exact reason I started Surfcasting7Stripes.
From left to right, I witnessed fisherman mishandling fish to the point where I wasn't even upset, more-so just disappointed in the lack of respect and knowledge on how to properly handle these fish once retrieved.
In doing some research I came to a conclusion. The largest issue at hand was the recreational fisherman. The mortality rate of a fish over 30lbs was around 60%. That meant that for every 10 fish caught at the canal that day, 6 of those fish, if released, died from improper revival. The statistics were directly correlated to what I witnessed that day. Having fished for these line sided beauties for years, I decided that I was going to become more involved in the preservation of the future populations.
Come January I connected with Taylor Ingraham, President of Tightlined Conservation Coaltion. Taylor was just another normal conservation-focused angler like me. He started his own non-profit that focused on education, as well as supporting and promoting, individuals and organizations that are working to conserve our fisheries and marine resources. This guy even started his own tournament, called the Tightlined Slam, which took place for it's second time in October of 2019, raising over $27,000 that went towards conservation. I offered to donate 30% of my profits to the conservation efforts of Tightlined. I couldn't promise him millions, but I did promise to make an effort to help him in his endeavors.
The surfcasting7stripes logo stands for something. Unified awareness, unified etiquette, unified respect and unified efforts towards striped bass conservation among the recreational community. This means focusing our efforts on the resource, striped bass, and less on the weight of our coolers. It means educating our fellow anglers if we witness the mishandling of fish or improper revival techniques. We cannot blame people for wanting to catch this amazing species, we know why people target these fish all to well. Rather, lets utilize our experience from past years to teach in a clear and united voice.
Buy a piece of gear and join #teamSC7Stripes and our efforts in changing the future! Please shout us out in our gear and we will post you on our page! Better yet, send us a video reviving a fish in our gear and we will make sure you get posted to the page. Let's bring cohesiveness to our voice!