Very well said Josh!!! And Redbear there are hundreds of thousands of strypers stocked annually by the stryper association.. One more thing, DON'T bitch when you go out for days on end, and not catch a citation fish!!!! If you all really knew what you were talking about, you'd know it takes thousands of fish, because of the mortality rate, just to end up with a couple trophies. Bitch and moan if you like, but check out the statistics!!!! They are right here on the enternet!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I'm done with this!!! Mods lock this thread please....
I personally know most of theses guys,Mark, so your theory of jealousy just went out the window, like myself CPR is just a way of life with us pretty much regardless of size. IF I keep a doz for the fryer a year is alot and they under 10lbs. The simple fact of the matter is the juggers trash the hell out of the lake, no respect for others, keep everything regardless of species whether legal or not, more than once seen juggers throw fish in the water at the launch after a pic and it's been lying in the boat all day, no concept of what they can legally do or disregard it.
OK, so this set of juggers wouldn't quit until they ran down their last jug..........So they are guilty of trashing the lake?
They are guilty of NOTHING but having a good time FISHING.
Clean up your own backyard before you jump
in somebody else's.
Who the hell do you think puts all that trash up and down the banks of lakes of rivers? Trotliners? Juggers? How about we just face the facts. Rod and reel fishermen.
And you think rod and reel fishermen don't keep fish illegally? Bahahaha!
And you think rod and reel fishermen corner the market in respect...I'm beginning to wonder if you even actually fish at all. READ on this site and you'll see how much respect just oozes out of EVERY LAST ONE of them.
I guess you think live wells are healthy for the preservation of fish too?
If you would even bring a fish that size over the rail of a boat for your 5 minutes of fame with a photo op, you are no better then they.
We all know what happens with fish this size but some of us choose to ignore that.
Bob comes around, it get's lifted out of the water to show him. then a pickup load shows up and it's got to be handled again.
And it goes on and on.
Fish this size might as well be kept because they are handled way too much.
Like the last big monster from Kerr. The fish should have never been brought over the rail if it was really about CONSERVATION.
But you see, it's not really all about conservation. That is just something that makes folks feel good.
I've been around fishing my whole life. It aint just catfishing struck with it. It's all of them.
People think the value of a fish is in how much it weighs. That is the first mistake and the largest mistake.
As far as myself keeping catfish..I don't. In fact I advocate catfishing barbless, and netless. Double in fact, I rarely bring any of them over the rail.
If I want a mess of cats that is simple enough. I raise channels in the backyard. Give me 5 minutes and I'll have enough for a feed.
And you know who talks shit about fishing barbless on this site? The "CONSERVATIONISTS".
They are terrified that they might lose a fish
I bet I can count on one hand how many fish I have lost to a barbless hook.
DAMN!!!! mark do you ever talk to your friends about all this agression? Maybe you should check that blood PSI
BLAH BLAH BLAH bout time we got back to fishin. Dont confuse "TRUTH" with opinion.
REFUTE that post.
You can't and you know it.
Well here goes nothing again
Mark, I read through your entire long post that you just made and I disagree with just about everything you said EXCEPT one thing...a lot of bank rod and reel fisherman do leave trash behind...
We are talking about a lot of the Noodlers at Buggs Island...not everywhere else...and you really don't know unless you have seen it first hand. When you go to the lake to FISH as much as a lot of us do...putting in a lot of time and money on the water for a big fish here or there (if you're lucky)...and you literally cannot count the number of "noodles" floating around at times...it tends to piss some people off. Then you put in hours and hours of fishing and searching for success and come up empty handed. WONDERING WHY THE FISHING SUCKS for such a "fine" fishery... while the images of hundreds of noodles floating around (alot unattended) are burning into your memory....There way are more fish taken home by a few noodlers each year than by the whole rod and reel crowd combined!! I'd bet everything I have on it!!
And to clear something up...catching a huge fish, landing it and snapping a few pictures and letting it go WILL NOT HURT THE FISH!!!! Barbless hook or not! The fish will still live!!! It however WILL NOT LIVE WHEN THROWN ON ICE AND FILLETED OR WASTED LIKE IT WOULD BE WHEN GETTING "MOUNTED"...
And if you haven't brought but 5 over the rail...you may want to find some new fishing spots