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Discussion in 'TENNESSEE RIVERS TALK' started by foodsaver, Feb 20, 2006.
Do any of yall use gill nets for bait?
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.
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.
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.