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Discussion in 'All Catfishing' started by catoon, Jan 11, 2009.
with the economy and such.do you see catfishing to grow or decline
voted don't know because with the economy you don't know how people will react also you don't know how things will change after Obama takes over.
i think it'll grow in the near future for several reasons. first except for wimpy bass catfish populate the entire country,second they grow to massive size, third it has always been cheap to go catfishing, and fourth it can be done with the equipment most bass fishermen have now. however i think 10 years from now it could be on a decline especially if it continues to be unregulated like it is in most states.
yoted grow becouse peple will need to find cheaper ways to relax .catfishing can be a very echanomical way to unwind.
Im sure that it will keep growing. Catfishing is not hard at all unless you're looking to catch a trophy class fish and even then alot of people get beginners luck and end up hooked after hooking a 10-15lb fish. The equipment does not have to be high end expensive stuff either.
here's another good thing about catfishing it can be done from shoreand i asked this in the tournament forum but how about some shore based catfishing tournaments ala carp tournaments. still economical and educational bank fishermen accross the country would benefit from them.
My growing concern is that if lots of people turn to catfishing....more and more fish will be caught. With more and more fish being caught....more and more fish will be kept. One day the big cats may all be gone. The only folks I know that CPR are some of the BOC Brethren. If people start catfishing it will probably be for the meat. Not very many will be turned loose.JMO:crazy:
People were catching big cats when you were still poopin' yellow. :smile2: It didn't keep you from catching that one in your avatar. What I see hurting catfishing is the "illegal" element. JMO:wink:
Fishing is something thats been around from the beginning of time with the hunters and gatherering societies. The only difference now is that it is more sophisticated. But even way back then there supposively been species that has since disappeared. But with todays management there is a chance to keep species going especially with hatchery management.
As far as if it will grow or decline, with the media exposure and now the internet, more and more people is seeing big catches, which will lead to more and more people wanting to get involved. The sport has definitely grown the last 10 years. I do not see a decline in the future. There may temproarily be a decline in traveling distance due to the economy for fishing but people will still fish local waters as long as access is reasonable.
I hope it will continue to grow. As long as we keep passing on the traditions to the little ones. It never hurts to take a kid fishing. I take mine every chance i get.
I voted I don't know because I feel it all depends on our younger generation and how many kids are brought into the Outdoors . By this I mean Hunting and Fishing. They are our future of the sports we all love and without them the future is uncertian
I believe it will grow catfishing is just now really starting to pick up
i hope the sport grows, but i just hope that the population of large catfish doesn't decline, around the area i fish alot of people don't know of the flathead population in our river system so they don't fish for flatheads, which is good for me:roll_eyes:, most people are chasing channel cats and don't even know about flatheads
I voted grow and let me explain why. With the economy the way it is and prices as high as they are, people are looking to other means of food sources. I have noticed a large number of people getting into farming and hunting that never did it in the past. It doesn't matter who is in office in the big house right now. The damage has been done and it is going to take a long time for the economy to recover. I look for many more people to turn to the outdoors for a cheaper means of food.
I also agree that if it isn't regulated right, our fish numbers and other wildlife numbers could take a big hit all at once.
Just my two cents worth, not worth much more than that!
I'm concerned that the particular pool of the Mississippi River that I live on,the recreational fishing will decline due to the increase in commercial fishermen. I know for a fact that there are going to be several more commercial fishermen on this pool this year than there has been in many years. When they take fish from a pool by the tons daily it won't take long to take its toll on the population.
You read my mind!
I voted grow, shoot I am a converted bass fisherman. I got tired of all of the commercialism. Now you wouldn't catch me chasing the little greenies.
I would say grow. Technically, catfishing is not as expensive as say bass fishing were you need pricy equipment and lures to catcha bASS.
Catfishing can economical where the channel cat man can get away with a bucket of livers for about $1.50 or fresh free cutbait caught straight outta the river. For the price of a box of waxworms, a flat man can round up a bucket full of livelys. The blue man just needs a castnet. This only pertains to bankfisherman. Having a boat is not frugal.
i agree with blacky it will grow chicken liver usually around a buck a pound for channels and catching bluegill for free for shovelheads yes catfishing is catching fire
I don't think it is a matter of growing as much as a matter of knowing. Knowing how many others fish. I was cat fishing way before PC's. Way before many of you were born, as many brothers on here have. We mainly fished with our family's or close friends. I believe cat fishing is growing at about the same rate it always has. Sure they are targeting cat fisherman with specific equipment now, but that is hardly a marker of how it is growing. Cat fishermen have always been resourceful when matching gear to their needs. I started targeting shovel heads with trolling outfits. Now I get catfish rods and reels. Did I make the sport grow any? I don't think so. If you judge growth by consumer sales you have to account for the guy that gets fired up for the sport, then finds out its not for him then quits. These kind of numbers aren't reliable. I believe that the illusion of large growth is fostered by clubs such as ours. we just know more people now that already target the mighty catfish.:big_smile: