On the BOC there is a tendency to argue an issue rather than to debate an issue. Argue and debate have there place when discussing an issue. If you want to dicuss an issue one on one, it is acceptable to argue the facts. But, if you are going to do it on an open forum, such as the BOC it might be advisable to debate an issue. Debate is a formal method of interactive and position representational arguement. Debate is a broader form of argument than logical argument, which only examine the consistency from axiom, and factural argument, which only examine what is or isn't the case. In formal debate, there are usually rules that you will agree to prior to the debate, but on an open forum that is probably not feasible. Debating should never become personal on any kind of basis. Name calling, bringing up previous statements by others that have no bearing on the issue should not occur. On all the fishing boards that I have ever been associated with there have always been arguments about CPR, jugging, limb lines, fish traps, tournament fishing, rod and reel fisherperson verses all other types of fishing techniques, politics, religion, sport fishing verses commercial fishing, flatheads verses all other types of catfish, etc. Traditions and preferences always gets in the way of facts when an issue arises. Each side could make a better argument for their side if they would do a little research, rather than going off half cocked and claiming this or that in the heat of the moment and from that point there is no turning back from those statements, which only compounds the problem with additonal remarks. This is a common occurence on the BOC and there is a solution to the problem. If you see a thread that you don't like from a traditional standpoint or your own preference, don't act right away. Reread the thread and other replys and then if you want to step in and contribute, do it with facts, not your heart only, you will be a better member for that and you might turn someone to your position, rather than being some one else for someone to beat up on. The fact that you are on the BOC is evidence enough that you know how to get around on the internet. So, why don't you do a Google Search on the issue and you might be surprised that there might be some facts out there that would or could support your position. Saying my daddy or uncle said this or that, don't cut it in a debate or help with the message you want to get across to the membership or the party that started the issue. Almost every state in the Union has done some kind of study, big or small on catfish and it is ours for the asking. When you see a local issue being discussed in Texas, for example, and you live in Maine, why would you want to come over to the Texas thread and have your say? What purpose would it serve? If you lived in an adjoining state and the results might affect your area, then I can see justification for your presents and contribition. Last but not least, all debates and/or arguments have a life and there is a point that they should die. When they die, they are here for us for historial information to use as we see fit. It is also time for me to exit this issue.