I Hope You're Catching Catfish!!!

Discussion in 'NORTH CAROLINA LAKES / RESERVOIRS' started by WylieCat, Nov 11, 2009.

  1. WylieCat

    WylieCat Well-Known Member

    I haven't been on much lately. This year I decided to do some deer hunting hard and heavy and take a break from catfish for two months. Hopefully I will have plenty of jerky for some cold weather fishing in the winter months!!

    I hope ya'll are knocking 'em down!! :wink:
  2. BigBird

    BigBird New Member

    Charlotte, NC
    good to know
    Let us know when it is jerky time next sat and we will be right over.:wink:-fresh jerky sounds alot better than nabs.

  3. larry d. grady

    larry d. grady Member

    north caro
    dieter,you do know its illegal to shoot catfish with high powerd rifles.i was picturing you on the river up there with a backstrap hanging off of a 8/0 circle hook on a float rig.:smile2:
  4. katman#1

    katman#1 New Member

    South Carolina
    dieter the fish will still be here when you get back to fishing looking foward to the 12th :wink:
  5. billfish76

    billfish76 Active Member

    Rock Hill, SC

    You need to come and fish Wylie next weekend the 21st
  6. katman#1

    katman#1 New Member

    South Carolina
    maybe next year i will fish some of the wylie tourneys got to fish it some first only been on the lake one time thanks cary for the invite
  7. deepwoods

    deepwoods Member

    north carolina
    I am on the same page. No fishing but a great amount of time in the woods. This has been the best year for deer hunting for me in 4 years. I hope you are having the same luck. I may sneek out this week and see if there are any stripers or cats in the north part of LKN.
  8. riddleofsteel

    riddleofsteel New Member

    Shooting fish is not illegal everywhere.

    Fish Shooting, Vermont's Quirky Rite of Spring, Is Endangered Share Business ExchangeTwitterFacebook| Email | Print | A A A

    By Tom Moroney

    May 3 (Bloomberg) -- For Mike Vanslette, the arrival of spring is heralded by the crack of his rifle firing into Vermont's Lake Champlain. If his aim is true, he'll stun a couple of amorous fish, then jump into the water and grab them.
    Vermont is the only state where the shooting of game fish is legal. Now, the sport is an endangered species. Years of pitched battles in the Legislature have worn down all but the diehards, and there has been an influx of new Vermonters opposed to what they say is a savagely dangerous practice.
    Vanslette, 59, a retired contractor, is one of an estimated 200 people who troll the banks of the lake once the ice melts, looking for fish to knock out with a concussive blast. All he needs are ``just my hip boots, rifle and shells in my pocket.''
    ``These people come from other places, and they want to make all these changes, they can't comprehend why we do this,'' said Dave Gardner, 49, a union pipefitter in South Hero, a town of 1,653 just below the Canadian border. ``My grandfather, my father and my uncles -- they all taught me to shoot fish. It's our history.''
    The fish shooters prowl the lakeshore, toting rifles, shotguns and pistols, studying the shallows for the telltale flip and splash of fins as the fish mate. Others plant themselves above the seasonal breeding grounds in trees or tree stands, wooden platforms that in some cases have stood against developers and environmentalists for generations.
    Shoot to Stun
    On shore or in tree, the trick is to fire off a round close -- but not too close -- to the fish, knocking them out. As the fish float to the top, their white bellies often emerging first, the shooter scurries into the water and retrieves his catch before it comes to. A good shot can stun the female and up to five or six of her male suitors at once. A bad shot can leave supper pulverized.
    To bag her personal best, a 9-pound northern pike, Tina Capsey used an SKS, the semiautomatic Soviet military rifle and precursor to the AK-47.
    ``If you want big fish,'' said Capsey, 45, the owner of Fish Tales, a restaurant in Swanton, ``you need a big gun.''
    Fish-shooting season lasts from March 25 to May 25, permitted only along the 435-square-mile Champlain, in the northwest corner of Vermont's skinny rectangle. Pike, pickerel and eight other species of fish may be taken.
    Virginia allows fish-shooting in remote parts of the Clinch River for six weeks in spring, but only for bottom-feeders such as carp and suckers.
    Declining Numbers
    No one knows how many Vermonters shoot fish, although several state biologists and local officials estimate the number to be 200 and declining. They are covered under the 80,000 hunting licenses distributed each year, at $16 for residents and $90 for non-residents.
    Hunting brings in $71 million a year for Vermont, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, while regular sport fishing brings in more than $110 million.
    Paley Anderson, who moved from Los Angeles five years ago and runs a tile store in Middlebury, 10 miles from the lake, thinks the sport of fish-shooting is ``like, well, shooting fish in a barrel.''
    ``Just because you've done something for decades doesn't make it right,'' said Anderson, 36. ``Centuries of slavery? Doesn't make it right.''
    The debate, said James Ehlers, 37, publisher emeritus of the Colchester-based Outdoors Magazine, is ``symbolic of a culture clash between the urban mentality of those who are coming here and longstanding rural traditions.''
    Fervent Opposition
    ``You've got all these gentrified do-gooders coming into the state,'' he said, and because of their passionate opposition, the practice ``will probably just come to an end someday.''
    U.S. Census Bureau statistics show the Green Mountain State moving toward a higher population with a higher median household income. The population in 2004 was 621,394, up 2.1 percent from 2000. In that same four-year period, median income rose to $46,543 per household from $40,856.
    The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department, while it permits fish shooting, doesn't condone it ``mainly due to public safety issues and the ethics involved,'' said Brian Chipman, a state fisheries biologist whose territory includes Lake Champlain.
    The biggest concern, Chipman said, is that a stray shot ricocheting off the water could injure or kill someone. There have been no reports of death, although there are anecdotal reports of injuries, mostly hunters falling out of trees.
    Bothering Birds
    There is evidence, too, that the shooting disturbs habitat for nesting birds and other wildlife, and that the practice is depleting the supply of prized game fish.
    The law allowing fish-shooting has been on the books since 1898. In 1969, both New York State on its side of Lake Champlain and Vermont on its side banned the practice. The outcry was so intense that Vermont reversed itself the next year, and each attempt thereafter to ban fish shooting has been thwarted.
    The battle in 1987 created the most publicity and thrust into the spotlight the man who would become Vermont's best-known advocate for fish shooting: John Roy, 66, a dairy farmer and part-time town official in South Hero. The pipe-smoking Roy organized a 700-signature petition to preserve the quirky rite of spring, and has since been profiled by the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and Sports Illustrated.
    Like other natives, Roy, a regional representative on the state's wildlife board, has a hearty disdain for those who would move to Vermont and try to remake it into an idyllic fantasyland.
    ``They want to see the cows,'' he quipped. ``But they don't want us to spread the manure.''
    Still, Roy has come to believe fish-shooting's seasons are numbered. ``I'd give it 10 more years,'' he said as he sat at his kitchen table, tamping a fresh pinch of tobacco into his pipe. ``Unfortunately, I think it's probably lived its life.''
    To contact the reporter on this story: Tom Moroney in Boston at tmorrone@bloomberg.net
    Last Updated: May 3, 2006 00:18 EDT
  9. holliswood

    holliswood Well-Known Member

    King, NC
    It's been darn good hunting Deer / Turkey most of this fall early winter up here in Stokes and Surry County. Good eating on the BBQ deer meat as well. :wink:
  10. Ace

    Ace New Member

    Gastonia N
    I haven't been since September I take deer season off every year and this will be the last weekend of deer season in SC. I hope to be back on the lake soon. I got the toon out last week and cleaned it up and charged all the battiers and made sure the bait tank was working ok.