WHY WE SHOULD REGULATE!!!

Discussion in 'LOCAL ALABAMA TALK' started by AlaCatter, Jan 17, 2008.

  1. AlaCatter

    AlaCatter New Member

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    Forget about the multitude of obvious reasons we should put some regulations on the big cats that we have in our state's waters, put aside all of the waste and abuse that we have seen our fellow Bamians commit on the whiskered species alone. Consider this, there are some who come to Alabama and harvest are largest cats, put them in bait trucks and transport them to stock lakes. The owners of these lakes buy the fish (the bigger the more they pay) and hold lucrative tourneys and "pay to fish days". What do we get out of this? Nothing but the loss of a natural resource and a reduction in the nations best catfish gene pool. Regardless of what some might say, we have done well managing our natural habitats in this state, especially compared to some of the states to our north that have sold out there waterways health to the smoke-stack industries. They haven't made the sacrifices we have, and now they can exploit stewardship LEGALLY!!! A hand full of seasoned cat-wranglers could demolish a lake like Wilson in a couple of years if they so chose. This sport is growing by leaps and bounds and pressure is sure to only increase on these fish. If you think my afore mentioned scenario seems unlikely, just ask Phil King or Tim Haynie about the effects it had on Pickwick I for one am going to call that bone headed park ranger and let him know my postition, I wish you would too.
     
  2. Coosa_Cat_Man

    Coosa_Cat_Man New Member

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    AlaCatter,
    I agree with you 100% there should be regulations on catfishing on certain rivers such as the Coosa...just for the reason of people who take fish fron the Coosa to stock thier ponds/lakes ect...I think the Wildlife Commision should treat catfishing much like they do deer hunting in certain states, they should sell catfish tags for like $5.00 and only sell a certain amount like 25 to each angler per year and these tags be placed on each catfish that is caught and kept, and the fish be taken to a certified marina or whatever and it be recorded, and the tag removed from the fish, they should have stiff fines for untagged catfish. I catch and release all my fish unless it is a smaller catfish and someone is at the lake who wants it. But anything over 10 pounds I take a picture of and quickle release it no questions asked.
     

  3. CATFISHERMAN001

    CATFISHERMAN001 New Member

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    I completely agree with both of you, however the problem is that catfish are reconized as a game fish means that commercial fisherman are going to fight any kind of regulations, creel, taging limits on what they consider their means of livelyhood. As long as there is no law stating that the fish are regulated then no one will stop people coming into the state for the mear purpose of catching these fish to stock their pay ponds. Also there isn't enough research money to allow the conservationist group to do enough studies to prove that a regulation needs to be put in place. I have been fighting this battle with them for over 10 years now. I will continue to put up the fight but have not seen much progress so far. I am afraid that when the realize that a law needs to be put in place all the large fish will have been removed from our waters.
     
  4. muddyjet

    muddyjet New Member

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    I agree with placing some sort of regulations on catfishing for the 'locals'. If we were to require that any 'pay for fishing' out fit to have receipts on the amount or poundage of fish they have stocked, would help tremindously. Also, a total ban on any and all fishes caught, in any manner, in any body of water in our state, from leaving the state. Making a manditory and high fine amount when caught doing so. Now, in my opinion, there are still alot of us that fish to help out with the grocery bill. I have been fishing all my 40yrs and have taught my kids how to enjoy the sport. I ONLY fish for Catfish and feed my family with all that I catch. I do not want to be made to throw my families dinner back if have spent the day and night fishing and catch only 2 cats over a certain weight. I have let many go after pictures and a full ice chest but dont want to see it turned into the way saltwater fish are regulated.......Now, I fish on the Moblie River and Delta area. I can and do support the limit on enclosed bodies of water in the state but not in the free flowing rivers.
     
  5. KatKaller

    KatKaller New Member

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    Guys I dont know if you saw my thread Monday about this very subject:

    http://www.catfish1.com/forums/showthread.php?t=71193

    I hope yall can make the meeting at Guntersville next month and express your concerns. If I can be any help please send me an e-mail, PM or call me 256-852-7858.

    Thanks, Allen
     
  6. Big Dav

    Big Dav New Member

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  7. skawez

    skawez Member

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    although this is bad for the public waters and the gene pool and just about everyone involved .. well except the owners of the ranch.. it is a fact in life we can get it stopped after alot of petitioning and things like that.. but it wouldnt stop it. it would just turn to poaching and even then would be hard to prove.. they caught it legal and took it out of the lake legal no law on having to catch and release cats of that size.. they can "say" they are ging to eat it. and release it again in the "ranch". i am in no part sticking up for them i think what they are doing is wrong. let the rich guy find the big ones like we do its part of the sport.. what fun is fish in a barrel? just sayin its how things are. sorry to say :sad2:
     
  8. LOWEDOG

    LOWEDOG New Member

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    Im originally from alabama, but now Im in San Diego and I agree with you. I know that it is illegal to transport live game fish and or sell them. We should all report this to the department of game and wildlife.
     
  9. KatKaller

    KatKaller New Member

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    Unfortunately catfish aren't considered game fish in Alabama.
     
  10. seacatfish

    seacatfish New Member

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    Please, could you all fill me in on some of the facts about pay ponds? In Florida, we do not have any that I know of. I am totally new to the angst of the BOC membership where they are concerned, but would like to be informed.

    Do pay ponds let fishermen take their "trophy" home, or are they put back into the pond? Do they all operate the same in this regard?
     
  11. CATFISHERMAN001

    CATFISHERMAN001 New Member

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    No, pay ponds are locations where you know there are very large fish. You pay a daily, hourly rate to fish the ponds and they maintain a regulation of, for example: you can keep all the channel cats under 3lbs but everything else is catch photo and release. Some of these ponds even go as far to regulate the type of line, leader, hooks that you are able to use, and stipulating that the fish cannot be out of the water but for so long and they cannot be laid on the ground at all. These locations are for those that have not invested the time to learn how to hunt and locate these large fish. They can go out and catch these fish and have a nice trophy picture to take home and show off that they landed a monster.
     
  12. CATFISHERMAN001

    CATFISHERMAN001 New Member

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    I have gone to a couple of the meetings on the regulations of the catfish. I am in the understanding that the conservationist have no intentions on setting up a regulation or creel limit on any size or amount on catfish. Now they are aware of the out of state transportation but they feel that if those that come from out of state and purchase a legal license that they can do what they want with what they have caught. In the meetings that I have gone to, the conservationist showed their 1 study that they did in the state and have a consensus that the fish are not being over fished and that the number of fish harvest doesn't constitute a regulation. I think that the large catfish in our waters should have a regulation so we can keep them in our waters, however with the mentality that is in charge of our laws, I don't see it happening. I will maintain that as long as I am doing my part to return the large fish that I catch I am saving some. It will be like the bass industry, they will not do anything til it is too late.
     
  13. fish

    fish Active Member

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    The large cats in a pay lake usually don't live more than two years. That is a gross waste and at the expense of natural resources in all our areas.
     
  14. AlaCatter

    AlaCatter New Member

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    It is also important to remember that all cats, even in the same waters, do not have the genetic capability to reach enormous sizes. Just like people, some fish a have a DNA structure that gives them a tendency to live longer, or grow to exceedingly larger sizes. Some blue cats, even in the most prime conditions will never grow to trophy size. Every trophy size cat that is harvested from the available gene pool, detrimentally effects the overall size of future generations of that species of fish, exponentially. It is the same proven science that helps people manage deer populations for trophy bucks. While they were never the norm, in the 1800's 200-300# blue cats were frequently seen for sale at fish markets along the banks of the Mississippi and Tennessee Rivers. It is true that many factors contributed to the demise of that class of fish, but it is painfully apparent that over harvesting played a huge role.
     
  15. flathunter

    flathunter New Member

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    This is going on in alot of areas, not just Alabama...It's up to us to stop it.
     
  16. Reel_Blues

    Reel_Blues New Member

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    I agree we do need some type of regs. But we have to be carefull not to just let legislaters decide on their own what those regs. need to be. Chances are they know nothing about catfish, catfishing, or catfishermen. That is the only thing that scares me about regs.
     
  17. ShilohRed

    ShilohRed New Member

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    Something to think about.
    Tn has catfish listed as game fish. We still have commercial fishermen.but TWRA thinks that getting them listed as a game fish will and is a start toward them being able to control the commercial guys form do as they do today.
    So look at it as small steps add up to a bigger goal.
    Pete
     
  18. CATFISHERMAN001

    CATFISHERMAN001 New Member

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    I am glad to see that there those out there that do care/
     
  19. Eudora

    Eudora New Member

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    Hey guys:

    I love up in the north (Michigan) near the Ohio line. I know for a fact that pay lake fisihnig is big business in the state of Ohio. i'm not sure where they get their fish, but it grinds my axe that people can harvest large, healthy, fish that are capable of reproducing and further their species in their native waters, all for the sake of making a buck. Who could really consider themselves a sportfisherman when they are fishing "from a barrel"? It's sad that a state like Alabama is allowed to have a bounty on an incredible resource. I have never fished Alabama for catfish, but from everything I have heard and read, you guys are truly blessed with an outstanding native population of channel, blue, and my favorite flathead catfish. From up here, I'm not sure what I can do to support this movement, but I am willing to lend my efforts to support you. Pay lakes are a sad fact of life up i nmy neck of the woods, and native populations, suffer. My best to you all.
     
  20. bamawhiskers

    bamawhiskers New Member

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    maybe we should rally and try to get catfish placed in the game fish category. anyway we try to get this fixed is gonna be hard. but we cannot let these guys destroy our fish population