Update on Alabama Catfish Regs

Discussion in 'All Catfishing' started by KatKaller, Feb 11, 2008.

  1. KatKaller

    KatKaller New Member

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    Alabama
    Fellow Catfishermen,

    I'd like to give you and update on our current situation; trying to get limit laws passed in Alabama. This past Saturday, the 9th of February, three members of the Southern Catfishermen Association, including myself, attended the first meeting of the year of the Alabama Conservation Advisory Board in Montgomery. Due to the unusually large attendance and registered speakers during the open forum our time allotment to address the Board was cut from 10 minutes to two minutes. We were readily prepared with a PowerPoint slide presentation for the Board and were able to pass out the printouts to each board member prior to addressing them. We addressed the Board with our concerns about trophy catfish leaving the state, proposed regulations, and the petition that all of us had signed. We did see a few eyebrows raise when Board members reviewed the petition.

    Later when the meeting adjourned for a break we were able to speak one on one with the two Board Members representing North Alabama. Both men agreed that it could be a potential problem and seemed supportive of further discussion. They suggested we drop the proposed gamefish status and instead add some of the gamefish's implications to the 34" regulation. In other words we would have two new regulations instead of the three we proposed: 1.) Only 1 catfish over 34” in possession per person per day 2.) No transfer of live catfish exceeding 34" over Alabama state lines.

    The next CAB meeting is in Guntersville Alabama on March 8th at Guntersville State Park. Between now and then we need to assemble our facts and research to once again present before the board. We need more signatures on the petition and many letters of recommendation from high profile figures in the sport of catfishing. We need to attend this next meeting in force because we predict we might see opposition unlike this past weekend.

    Thank you,
    Allen Neuschwander
    256-852-7858

    Petition can still be found here:
    http://www.petitiononline.com/cathelp/petition.html
     
  2. fish

    fish Active Member

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    ChattanoogaTenn
    Allen, can fellows from Tennessee attend the meeting at Guntersville on March 8th?
     

  3. KatKaller

    KatKaller New Member

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    Absolutely. As a matter of fact it would be a plus to let the Board know that others from out of state have a concern. If ya think about it they make more $$ off an out of state license than a resident. :confused2:
     
  4. rspd507

    rspd507 New Member

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    Rising Sun,IN
    Allen,
    Good luck at the next meeting. Its long overdue and all states should follow suit. rspd507
     
  5. crclhuk1

    crclhuk1 New Member

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    I think all states should follow in suit with limit laws on catfish. It takes a long time for a fish to reach the MONSTER status. It should also be regulated to the speciesof catfish. Protect them all and not just the blues and channels.The flathead should have its spot in the regulations.
     
  6. crclhuk1

    crclhuk1 New Member

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    Central, SC
    The DNR started a 1 fish over 36"per person per day late last year for Lakes Moultrie and Marion, but this should have been done years ago. Just wandering if this rule affects the Tailrace section and the Cooper river section near the old rice mill and east branch???????????????????????? There is some excellent fishing in those waters.
     
  7. flatheadhunterx

    flatheadhunterx Active Member

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    South Carolina
    wesley I think that law effects the santee river system, both lakes and the rivers.
     
  8. russ

    russ New Member

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    dexter. mo
    the only thing that you have to beware of is dont let them pass a law that states only one fish above that30--- without makeing the no live fish to leave the state along with it. once you get a law its hard to change it. some of these fish are worth 300-500 to these guys so one fish a day wont slow them down much, three guys three big fish , i wish you all the luck stand frim, lawmakers will only do something if there is pressure put on them