Mississippi-New "Grabbling" Regulations

Discussion in 'All Catfishing' started by Rob Heflin, Apr 2, 2006.

  1. Rob Heflin

    Rob Heflin New Member

    Thanks, in part, to the actions of some irresponsible persons who placed plastic 55-gallon cotton poison barrels in the public waters of Mississippi, we now have new regulations for grabblers.

    Public Notice F6-3428(a) effective August 31, 2005

    6. Be it further ordered that taking of non-game gross fish only by hand or rope (no attachments) is legal during the statewide season from May 1 to July 15. However, it is unlawful to alter any natural areas by placing of boards, wire or any other obstruction to said logs, holes etc. or to take fish from such altered devices. Also, it is unlawful to raise any part of a natural or artificial device out of the water thereby aiding in the capture of enclosed fish. Only wooden containers may be used. It is unlawful to place structures such as plastic or metal barrels, hot water tanks, concrete pipe, tires and other non-biodegradable materials in any public waters of this state. Any person grabbling for fish must have a valid sport fishing license.

    It's bad enough when you pull up to any public boat ramp in MS and read the sign stating catfish over 22" may contain harmful heavy metals and toxins. But when you are on the river and see barrels that used to contain cotton insecticide in the river, with a hole cut out of one end and the other end tied to a tree for grabbling, it makes you sick to your stomach.

    Use your heads, folks. What you do affects everyone around you.

    If you witness or have knowledge of wildlife violations in Mississippi, call 1-800-BE-SMART to report that information to the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks.

    Rob Heflin
    MDWFP Law Enforcement
    Quitman County, Mississippi