CPR large catfish

Discussion in 'All Catfishing' started by gcarlin, Jun 13, 2007.

CPRING

  1. KEEP LARGE CATS?

  2. RELEASE LARGE CATS?

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  1. gcarlin

    gcarlin New Member

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    1,353
    State:
    Richmond ,Indiana
    I WAS JUST WONDERING,SOME PICTURES THAT I'VE SEEN HERE ON BOC ARE WITH LARGE CATS TAKEN HANGING FROM TREES,NEXT TO BOATS OR LAYING ON THE GROUND.SO HERES MY QUESTION: IF WE ALL BELEIVE IN CPRING LARGE CATS THEN ARE THESE CATS BEING RELEASED BACK TO THE WATERS OR KEPT? MYSELF, I TEND TO ONLY KEEP SMALLER CATS AND RELEASE ALL LARGE ONES AFTER I TAKE MY PICTURES.LOL WAS JUST CURIOUS. NOT TRYING TO START ANYTHING OR OF THE SORTS. EVERYONE HAS THEIR OWN PREFFENCES. BUT I HAD TO ASK
     
  2. dewboy24us

    dewboy24us New Member

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    339
    State:
    Missouri
    the one you see in the pic was the exception to the rule. i tend to release anything over 10-15lb to make more little fishies.
     

  3. ryang

    ryang Well-Known Member

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    5,290
    State:
    Blacklick, Ohio
    Name:
    Gary
    Since Ive never caught anything over 10lbs I would release after some pics
     
  4. riverdawg-1

    riverdawg-1 New Member

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    738
    State:
    salem, va
    I release most over 8-10#'s ,but i dont think theres anything wrong if someone wants to keep a big occasionally.
    Chip
     
  5. splitshot

    splitshot New Member

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    2,827
    State:
    Coxsakie,N.Y.
    I personally release every cat i catch, unless its been gut hooked, which is rare. We have only channel cat up here, there are no fishing regulations on them and no stocking programs for them. Unfortunately in this state they are regarded by most as trash fish, up here trout and salmon are the most sought after fish. To me the catfish is king, and i do everything i can to promote cpr of catfish in this state. To me they are a limited resource so i treat them as gold.
     
  6. teaysvalleyguy

    teaysvalleyguy New Member

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    9,751
    State:
    GC, OHIO
    I release all cats over 10#, and 99% of em over 5#.

    Only keep the smaller ones when I'm in the mood for some grub.
     
  7. Hope

    Hope New Member

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    1,177
    State:
    Oklahoma
    Unless we were desperate for food, I'd release.
    No doubt, if I ever catch anything that big, it'd be tempting to keep... but then I'd remember that sick feeling that comes when lookin at dead critters mounted on somebody's wall. A photograph is enough :smile2:
     
  8. jim

    jim New Member

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    2,579
    State:
    Jacksonville NC
    CPR is a management technique,not a religion!!!!!:smile2:Regardless of the species, CPR is not the only answer everywhere.In waters where catfish are properly managed by the GFD of the state,or where overly abundant then CPR might not be desirable.We of course as fishermen can make this decision for ourselves and do.I personally release everything unless someone wants some to eat or when fishing with a guide at Santee.There we will keep all fish under 15lbs or so to reduce the overcrowded fish population while protecting the trophys.Overcrowding and stunting of populations to me is just as serious as killing all the trophies.A little research as to what is going on in your waters can help make the right decision for you and sometimes CPR is NOT the answer.I am pleased to see however, that more and more members are researching their waters and are concerned with proper management regardless of what is required.We have many more intelligent discussions and debates these days instead of strident finger pointing confrontations as we used to.:lol::smile2:I do have to laugh however at how we all say "I'm not trying to start anything with this"":lol:
     
  9. BAMA_CAT

    BAMA_CAT New Member

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    474
    State:
    Boaz,ALABAMA
    Well i have never got one of the Monsters YET!!! But when i do i will probably CPR and try to get a replicate of it.
     
  10. Jerry60k

    Jerry60k New Member

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    881
    State:
    Chelyan, West V
    I release 99.9% of the fish that I catch.

    I only wish hunting were the same since I dont have time to cook for myself most of the time and my wife wont touch "wild" meat.I dont kill what I cant eat so my hunting is limited.
     
  11. Bigbluefisherman

    Bigbluefisherman New Member

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    1,454
    State:
    Missouri
    I CPR all of my fish with the exception of a few small ones(under 5#s on an occasion! See My signature!
     
  12. Jay Jay

    Jay Jay New Member

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    136
    State:
    Wisconsin
    This flathead season my bro. ,myself ,and 2 neighbors ,have released 8 flats under 15#s. A friend of ours who works for the D.N.R. has tagged and inserted a scan chip on all these fish . This is part of a ongoing study the D.N.R. is doing on the flathead population on this system . Setliners and bankpolers ( a setliner also) are working with the DNR to help compile this information. The DNR are presently using hoop nets to capture the flats , they use a small female inside the net ( for bait) really piles them in . This info size,weight, sex, origian ,age etc. is made available to the puplic.
    PAGE 2--- My bro. caught a 47 # female , no eggs !!, The DNR people took the skeleton for more detailed study ! They think it was past its prime and unable to produce eggs ,she had some sqwiggley tissue where the eggs should have been , they quessed her at over 25 years old, she was 46 1/2 inchs long. 21 1/2 #of meat came from this fish. A 18,43 , 2- 16lb fish were kept for eating from the same people ,myself included. All these fish have been scanned and all other data collected . the 43# was a female and here eggs were also saved for study. PAGE 3 --- What is to be learned from the study ,What has to be done to keep a healthy population ,What regulations help or hinder ,tracking their age,sizes ,sexs and habitates etc, etc. So far the only advice they are giving is --( dont target a certain size or weight .--) Use more channels for fish frys they are more abuntant . On a large fish we expect a yield of 40% . Sorry for the rambling ,but its not a sin to eat a large fish .
     
  13. McDreamy

    McDreamy New Member

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    279
    State:
    nc
    i only keep 1 large fish a yr and i keep smaller ones all the time mostly to putin my pond esp channels or blues i do have about 3 20 lb blues in my pond and i have people i let fish inmy pond for just the smaller one anything over5 lbs they have to throw back. and i wont put anyflatsi n mypond causei have so many bream in there that a couleof flats would clean mypond in a couple ofyrs
     
  14. warcraft1975

    warcraft1975 New Member

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    depends i geuss most of them i release and then there are a few every year i keep no matter how big they are one 50 pound flathead will last for a long while after that i dont keep anymore
     
  15. gcarlin

    gcarlin New Member

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    1,353
    State:
    Richmond ,Indiana
    THANKS FOR THE INFORMATION,NOT THAT I DISAGREE WITH KEEPING A LARGE CAT FOR EATING ,OR AM I SAYING THAT EVERYONE HAS TO CPR.
     
  16. schuetz

    schuetz New Member

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    19
    State:
    kansas
    my cousin and a friend of ours pulled this one in last year, and it fed our whole family and a few friends. we have a big family, so we tend to keep some of the bigger ones. nothing gets wasted.
     

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  17. gcarlin

    gcarlin New Member

    Messages:
    1,353
    State:
    Richmond ,Indiana
    VERY NICE FISH. NOTHING WRONG WITH TAKING A BIG ONE FOR EATING,JUST CAN'T SEE TAKING ONE JUST FOR DOING SOO.THX
     
  18. River_monster91

    River_monster91 New Member

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    2,233
    State:
    central kansas
    i catch my fish to eat so if i get a big one im gonna fry that sucker
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  19. tnkatman

    tnkatman New Member

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    846
    State:
    Bluff City, TN
    I release all the catfish that I catch.
     
  20. irishpride42

    irishpride42 New Member

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    49
    State:
    North Carolina
    Couple for a fry and release about 85% of them!