One mans opinion

Discussion in 'General Conversation' started by Poppa, Sep 4, 2008.

  1. Poppa

    Poppa New Member

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    First let me say that I do not have a problem with how a man fishes as long
    as he is considerate of other fisherman and he uses what he catches or turns
    it loose, is not wasteful in other words. It bothers me to hear one group of
    fisherman talk of wanting to outlaw certain types of fishing and being so
    dogmatic about their beliefs that they refuse to listen to a train of thought if
    it differs from their own.
    I am 55 yrs old and to a lot of you I suppose I am an old man. I have catfished
    my entire life. I fished with my Dad and Granddad and I have listened to tales
    of my Great-granddads fishing when there were paddlewheel river boats on
    our rivers. There have always been limbliners and trotliners and my Grand-
    father told of using these big pieces of cork that came in the shipping with
    mining equipment I guess these pieces of cork were primitive jugs.
    I have always known that the giant catfish lived in deep holes and undercut
    bluffs but you fished blind. Sometimes you might hook a fish drifting that
    tore your stuff up. You might run a line and have 6 or 8 hooks tangled in
    a wad and no fish. We were not fishing for giant fish and were not setting
    up for those fish because to hook one was an accident that might happen
    once every couple of years.
    What I think will do great harm to catfish is the technology and competitive
    nature of some fishermen. In the last few years technology has came so
    far you can now find the sanctuary of the giant catfish and not only that
    you can record the coordinance and return to that very spot later or give
    the information to a friend and he gives it to his brother-in-law you can
    see where I'm going with this. I see one night catches on the BOC that have
    more big fish than the average fisherman will catch in five yrs. Ten years
    ago if you saw a man fishing with 100 # test line an saltwater tackle people
    would have thought him a nut. ITs not that uncommon now. I am not sure
    its good to fish for catfish with a tournament bass fisherman mentality.
    I know most trophy fishermen practice CPR and I think most of these fish
    survive. But some of the pictures I have seen the fish looked pretty rough.
    But these fish might not have been ment to be released. It takes years for a fish to become a trophy and for the first time in history people can catch
    these fish on a on a regular basis. If catfishing suffers in the future it will
    not be because of the average weekend fisherman weather he fishes R&R
    limbline, trotline, or jug it will be because of fishermen who targets only big fish and then carelessly handles these fish after they are caught or even
    worse keeps all he catches.
    All the name calling and finger pointing is no good. Have you ever heard the
    saying " We have met the enemy and He is us" might apply here. But
    thats just my opinion.
     
  2. kat in the hat

    kat in the hat New Member

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    Cobra strike says we must police ourselves...and I believe him.
     

  3. dafin

    dafin New Member

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    There are a lot of us that believe as you do, thanks for the post
     
  4. littleman

    littleman Active Member

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    Well said, thank you for the post. I hope all that reads this sits back and takes a moment to consider what you have said.
     
  5. Plowboy411

    Plowboy411 New Member

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    this is the best thread I've seen on this subject in some time.
    thanks for posting.
     
  6. Mike81

    Mike81 Well-Known Member

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    Good post, thanks
     
  7. river_runner_85

    river_runner_85 New Member

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    Thanks for posting. I do believe the same way you do.
     
  8. catfish kenny

    catfish kenny New Member

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  9. john catfish young

    john catfish young New Member

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    I agree with you, good post! I think great care needs to be taken when handling trophy fish that are to be returned to the water. If we aren't going to handle them properly, then we might as well just killem now and get the grease hot.:big_smile:
     
  10. Mi11er

    Mi11er New Member

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  11. River Hobo

    River Hobo New Member

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    Very nice post, well put.