Gill nets in Tennessee

Discussion in 'TENNESSEE RIVERS TALK' started by foodsaver, Feb 20, 2006.

  1. foodsaver

    foodsaver New Member

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    Do any of yall use gill nets for bait?
     
  2. Jamey

    Jamey New Member

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    Are gill nets even legal in Tennessee?! If so, there must've been some changes to the regs since I last checked them..

    Some of the smaller shad and chubs I catch in my castnet end up getting 'gilled', but castnets and seines generally have mesh no larger than 3/8" or so. Gill-netted bait pretty much sucks, unless of course you like fishing with dead or dying bait.
     

  3. drc3

    drc3 New Member

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    I'm pretty sure they are legal, but only to commercial fisherman. This past fall I was fishing a local bass tourney and saw some guys pulling one in, it was full of dead bass and crappie, made me and my partner sick. I hope they do get outlawed cause they kill anything that swims into them.
     
  4. foodsaver

    foodsaver New Member

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    There are some guys in Virginia that use them for bigger shad for cut bait. But I think the mesh is specific for the size they want and they only put the net out for several minutes at a time so they can release the game fish and keep the shad.