Hey all, The thread by hock_paul about harvesting huge catfish got me thinking a lot about what can be done to protect trophy fish, and frankly, the number of overall catfish in our waters. At the outset, I realize that finding the source of the problem is complex. Not catergorizing catfish as "game" fish contributes to the lack of regulations, combined with the huge commercial interest in catfish as table fare, funded by lobbyists for both the fishing industries involved in the trade and local grocery stores. I would like to see what more we can do. The only reason those other interest groups have succeeded over ours is the concentration of power. They are organized and take the issues to the right people, those who make the ultimate decisions. We have them beat in numbers. According to the Pres of BOC, we are getting 50 new members a day. I recently graduated law school and have made at least one proposal to the IL legislature. It was concerning veterans' benefits, and it got to the desk of then lieutenent Governor (now Governor) Pat Quinn who took it to the following legislative session. I'm sure many of you are more knowledgable about fishing regs than I am. Which agency determines what is considered a "game" fish. Is it federal or state? Our task may begin there. Perhaps a national petition to reclassify catfish as "game" fish will allow us to push for equal protections under the law. I will pass this post to the organizers of BOC to see if they have any ideas. In the meantime let me know if you all have some suggestions about what we can do. I'm willing to spearhead this thing if you guys are serious about it. I'm tired of complaining about . . . and ready to do more.