trophy cat conservation?

Discussion in 'INDIANA RIVERS TALK' started by pikerhoss, May 27, 2008.

  1. pikerhoss

    pikerhoss New Member

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    I've had a question or two for a long time. And since there seems to be many folks passionate about cats, here goes!

    What do ya'll think about keeping big cats? In regards to the 27lb flat in city park, what about that?

    I always thought that a cat over so much could be pretty old (and the data proves it ain't a spring chicken!). It just doesn't seem right to keep something that big, old, and possibly full of mercury! Kinda selfish in my mind. If you want fish go to Long Johns. Even though, I know there is more to say on this, so have at it! I would really like to here some thoughts.
     
  2. blazerjet

    blazerjet New Member

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    u all no how i fell cpr
     

  3. Jeremy Leach

    Jeremy Leach New Member

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  4. loanwizard

    loanwizard Well-Known Member

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    First and foremost, we have no problem with a fisherman who follows the laws of the state in which they are licensed. If the legislature believes it ok to keep catfish without restriction, then if we have a problem, those issues need to be addressed to the state. None of us are against the consumption of what we catch, especially in these trying times. If you are good enough or blessed enough to catch enough to feed an individual, a family or even a village, as long as you do not waste it, you are encouraged to enjoy Gods bounty.

    The idea of CPR (catch, photo, release) stems from the sometimes gluttonous capacity of humankind. Many of us remember Lake Erie in the mid 70's where there were warning signs about swimming in the water. I mention that because I am from Ohio and we are now the walleye capital of the world due to clean up efforts and fish management.

    As a sportsman, my belief is that we don't need to wait for the legal system to tell us how to preserve our sport. One of our obligations as a citizen is to pass our traditions down to our children, hopefully richer in knowlege and richer in resource than when we were introduced to it.

    I am not a biologist, but it makes sense that as fishing, particularly catfishing, gains popularity, there will be more pressure on a finite resource.

    CPR proponents encourage all sportsmen to release all catfish over 10 lbs.
    Why 10 lbs? It is not an arbitrary number, just one that since not legislated, most of us consider a good number. Our logic is that there are many many catfish in the squealer to 10 lb range. Catfish over 10 lbs are more rare and with increased pressure and no thought to furthering the species could cause a decrease in the catch rates of trophy size fish for our children and grandchildren.

    We ask that you consider this when you fish. The Brotherhood of Catfishermen is a place full of information to help you catch the fish of a lifetime. There are members here that have caught catfish in excess of 100 lbs. With information found here you have a heightened opportunity to catch a fish of 20, 30, 40, 50, 60, 70 lbs or more. If a site can help 1,000 members or 20% of its membership catch more and larger fish, it makes sense that there will be less available fish to catch if they are not returned to the water alive to fight another day. There becomes a mathematical equation that shows that as the number of fisherman increase to a certain number, there is a point where the reproduction rate of the species cannot keep up and the numbers of fish caught and the size decrease. We believe that it is our duty to protect the species and the sport. Through education and encouragement we sportsmen, without the help of law enforcement, can manage the resource ourselves.

    It is our intent to encourage you to release that trophy as soon as possible after you land it. A photograph can store that special moment for an eternity. That fish may well be the king of it's territory. We ask that you dignify that fish and the will it took for it to survive to the point you were blessed with catching it.

    Shawn Dostie,
    Coshocton, Ohio
     
  5. river scum

    river scum New Member

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    I'm with you Jeremy. i used to keep bigger fish than i do these days. i think the toxins are what prompted me to first start releasing the larger fish. then i learned about genetics and predator/prey structures. that knowledge is another reason i release big fish. these days i limit my family to way under what the dnr recommends. i still fish as much but don't have to clean fish every time out, thats a plus also. whether or not believe in the genetics of big fish genes making future big fish, you still owe it to your familys to know what your eating!!!
     
  6. willcat

    willcat New Member

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    I'm sure there will be plenty more responses on this thread in a while, wlecome to the boc btw!!!