Headed up to Chicot on Saturday....Cold and Windy...Worked hard for 3 small fish BUT caught a Pike on a crank bait and seen a another big pike roll....Is this normal ? Has anyone else picked up pike in the lakes around here ?
I hope it was not removed for the Absolutly Non Offending Politicly Correct Strictly Oppinion With Hard Facts Posts....Magic Dust ?
I Hope Not, Because If So There Will Not Be Much Reason To Read Anymore On This Page....
One Of My Bears...
An Open Letter to Bass Fishermen
After attending dozens of weigh-ins, as a spectator, tournament participant, reporter, and occasionally as weigh-master, I have arrived at the point where it is very hard for me to be there. On most every occasion, I see a callous disregard for the well being of the fish displayed by many of the fishermen. Let me be clear. I am not talking about all fishermen.. I know many of them that take every precaution possible to give their fish the best possible chance at survival after being released. But I am going to put the number at about fifty percent.
I am not sure what the reason for this is. We all love to fish. (I think) We all think of ourselves as conservationists.
Maybe I am wrong.. Maybe a lot of people just dont really care. It appears that their attitude is I am just going fish the tournament and if my fish die I just dont really give a darn.
I dont care that the water is hot, that my live wells are operating minimally, and Im not gonna open the thing unless Im gonna put another fish in there. Its too much of a bother to add some ice to the water, and putting Catch and Release in the wells is a pain and the stuff is too expensive.
And If I forget to turn the pump on or to plug the wells before I head to the weigh-in its no big deal.. I just forgot.. And my fish are dead so just dock me the weight.. I only come here once a year.. I just dont care.. Im not in the hunt for the Top Six anyway.. Look at those two big ones I caught.. Hey Who wants fish?? Whos cleaning fish?
And anyone who knowingly throws dead fish back in the water should be fined.. Substantially..
Is it any wonder that tournament fishermen are held in such low regard? How are we (as a whole) any better than the guy who fillets everything he catches? We certainly contribute largely to the death rate..
And I cant tell you how many times I have seen fishermen bring their fish to the scale with one quart of water in the bag.. Or no water in the bag.. And stand in line yaking about the one that got away while the ones in the bag are getting deader by the second..
Pull your head out people.. Because if these fish were human they would be rushed to intensive care and all immediate family members called.. There is no emergency room in the water when you dump them in the muddy shallows. And returning them to the lake is not some instant cure all that restores their vitality and returns then to instant health.. The fact is that a very high percentage of fish die after being released, even when they are well cared for. And the way many fish are treated gives them a ZERO chance to live.
I know that zero mortality is not possible. I know that some fish die in the first thirty seconds after they come out of the water. I know it is a numbers game. But these are not the fish I am talking about.
I am talking about taking some personal responsibility for the well being of your fish, and the sport you love.. Allegedly.. Because if you dont well all suffer for it.. And already are..
These are issues that need to raised at Bass Club meetings. It should be priority one to prevent fish deaths. And a lot of it is so simple.. It starts with giving a darn.
Here are a few suggestions for better survival rates.. And one of them is guaranteed to reduce fish deaths by forty percent..
Install an oxygen system in your boat. It will virtually eliminate dead fish.
Go to a three fish limit. Or better yet, get every one in the club the same scale and weigh them in the boat and release em on the spot. A paper tournament is fine as well, but this is much more accurate.
Shorten tournament hours in warm water months.
Do not allow trailering to weigh-ins.
Hold your weigh in as close to the water as possible, and if workable, take fish to weigh area directly from boat.
Put lots of well-oxygenated water in your weigh bag.. Get someone to help you carry it if needed.
Limit the amount of weigh bags used, and use bags with mesh liners that are removable. This requires much less handling of the fish.
Minimize picture time.
Minimize the weighing of Patch fish, as this can add minutes to the time fish are in the bags.
The Weigh Master MUST keep things moving. Have plenty help..
All these things can greatly help reduce fish mortality But not if the fish get there dead.. So it is up to you, the individual, to get them there alive..
The aforementioned precautions can greatly help in the survival rate. Please help us preserve our fish for our, and future generations.
So In the end it all comes down to Do you give a darn, or not?
I originally posted this about three years ago.. But unfortunately it is just as relevant today..
Please do your part to save our fish.. And I do mean OUR fish.. I realize I don't own them.. And the law says we can kill five apiece a day if we wish. But if we want to keep Falcon as a fishery anywhere close to what it has been, we all need to start doing a better job of caring for our big fish.
I'll quit bitching now.. Well almost.. If you are just fun fishing, please do not carry around a bunch of big fish for a late day photo op of you holding up two hands full of big fish.. It is no different than subjecting them to the same hazards that were discussed above.
I have a bunch of photos to post.. And I am working on em.. And one day I want to post a pic of you with a monster.. Please help me try and protect them
See you on the water..
Made the long drive to Grand Isle On Sunday, Put in on the North Side of Elmers Off Of One....Was Lookin Forward To Pick'n Up Some Food But Only Got One Good Red All Day.....The Ponds Back In The Marsh Where Full Of Grass And Tough To Fish, Picked This One Fish Up On A Spinner Bait Running It Through The Gaps....Wish I Could Figure These Things Out....
Fishin Was a Little Slow For Me On Sunday, Picked Up 4 Fish In The 2 to 3 Range In Madisonville, Did Have a Blast Mess'n With The Big Gar In The Afternoon Though, Might Have To Put Some More Effort In To Fish'n For Them When The Bite Is Slow.....Anybody, Fish For, Eat, Catch or Know Anything About The Gar Fishin, Was Pretty Cool Geting Pulled Around The Lake In the Kayak....
Fished Some Fresh Water Sat Morning In The Coosa, Had A Great Morning Catching and RELEASING Some Nice Bass And Done By 10:00. Picked Up A Pile Of Babies In The 3/4 lb to 1 1/2 lb Range Fun Fish, Also Picked Up Two Good Fish With One About 4 lbs and Another Around 5 lbs. All Fish Were Taken A Yamamoto 5' Kut Tail in Watermelon with no weight, Finese Fishing With The Spinning Rod. Fished the shorelines all morning with nothing then found them on drops and on ledges in around 2 to 3 feet of water. Also Picked Up Some Nice Goggle Eyes, I will be kepping a few of the WarMouths Next Time.....LOL
Fished Some Fresh Water This Morning In The Coosa, Had A Great Morning Catching and RELEASING Some Nice Bass And Done By 10:00. Picked Up A Pile Of Babies In The 3/4 lb to 1 1/2 lb Range Fun Fish, Also Picked Up Two Good Fish With One About 4 lbs and Another Around 5 lbs. All Fish Were Taken A Yamamoto 5' Kut Tail in Watermelon with no weight, Finese Fishing With The Spinning Rod. Fished the shorelines all morning with nothing then found them on drops and on ledges in around 2 to 3 feet of water. Also Picked Up Some Nice Goggle Eyes, I will be kepping a few of the WarMouths Next Time.....LOL
Been Pick'n Up and RELEASING Some Decent Fish Around The Madisonville Area, The Kind Of Places That Only Kayaks, Fish and Gators Can Get To....Judging By Some Of The Other Pics On Here The Spawn Should Be Over BUT These Chubby Little Fish Look Like They Have Been Doing Some Bed Watching But Pulled Off...Any Input On The Spawn Lately ??