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#1183817 - 02/16/09 02:46 PM Caney Fork
B.D.
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The Caney is definitely slumping. Numbers of big fish are WAY down from what they were 6-8 months ago. I'm still seeing decent numbers of browns up to 17", but hits and "drive-bys" from the real trophy class fish have dwindled to a fraction of what they were before Oct./Nov.

I'm hearing unconfirmed rumors that TWRA did a new shocking survey b/n the Dam and Happy and turned up nothing better than a single 24" brown. There are still a few big fish, to be sure, but they've been thinned out to a tiny fraction of what they were last spring. Looks like Tubakka's disciples of "pound 'em with jerkbaits and harvest all the legal browns for the grill" are providing us with the inevitable result of an 18" size limit: a 17" fishery.

More detailed report:

http://www.fishingtn.com/showthread.php?t=2755

bd


Edited by Brian Dunigan (02/16/09 02:49 PM)

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#1183937 - 02/16/09 03:54 PM Re: Caney Fork [Re: ]
gil1
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 Originally Posted By: timeless
Who the hell made you the authority on the Caney? A six mile stretch of water does not a fishery make.

I agree. I'm the authority!!! \:D

No big surprise. Remember all the reports of lunkers caught last winter? Barely a peep this year.

It doesn't take a rocket scientist to realize that if you kill tons and tons of big fish, there will be less big fish. It wouldn't suprise me if the river had 10x more traffic last year than it ever had, with a large contingent of those folks killing fish. That's none of my business, but it just makes sense that the river would get fairly cleaned out.

I'll be the first to admit my selfishness - I can't wait until the word gets out that the fishery isn't as good so the traffic will die down. I counted over a hundred folks in a short stretch a couple of weekends ago. Just two years ago, you would have only seen a handful of folks on a winter's day. If you build it, they will come. If you abuse it, they will go deplete some other resource. Makes me sad, but that's the way it always happens.
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#1183953 - 02/16/09 04:10 PM Re: Caney Fork [Re: ]
B.D.
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Thanks for your polite response, timeless!

I've spent my share of time on every mile of the Caney from the dam to the Cumby.

Authority or no, it ain't rocket surgery to know it's not the same fishery now that it was last spring before the free-for-all started. If you disagree, maybe you need to quit smoking that corn and go back to using it for bait.

\:\)

bd


Edited by DEER DAVID (02/16/09 04:28 PM)

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#1183967 - 02/16/09 04:27 PM Re: Caney Fork [Re: ]
gil1
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A. Here we go! There hasn't been a knock down drag out Caney thread in 6 months, which is incidentally another reason to believe the Caney is at least slightly swirling down the old fishery toilet.

B. Dunigan pays for his fishing addiction by arguing with people. Be vewy caweful when jousting with a pro.

C. For those that are interested in more progressive fisheries management, there has never been a better time to ask for more Caney regulations. The surge of big fish after the new brown regs. seems to be clear. It is my opinion that the Commisssion, with the help of TWRA, could be convinced that the decline is due to overharvest of some trout age groups. I'm ready to strike while it's hot.
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#1183969 - 02/16/09 04:28 PM Re: Caney Fork [Re: ]
Model70Man
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#1183980 - 02/16/09 04:41 PM Re: Caney Fork [Re: ]
fishboy1
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Oh goodie! More regulations! WOOOOO HOOOOOO!
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#1183981 - 02/16/09 04:42 PM Re: Caney Fork [Re: ]
B.D.
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1. Hey, I just answered in the same spirit you brought to the discussion. Don't dish it out if you can't take it.

2. Put me in my place in your own mind, perhaps.

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#1183988 - 02/16/09 04:46 PM Re: Caney Fork [Re: fishboy1]
B.D.
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 Originally Posted By: fishboy1
Oh goodie! More regulations! WOOOOO HOOOOOO!


Well yeah, that's what we're talking about - more regulations. Or, at least, a little tightening of the existing ones.

We can make a decision: do we want more & bigger trout, or are we content with stocker rainbows fresh off the truck and browns up to 17"? Can't have the big fish AND no regs with the pressure the Caney sees now.

"Timeless" apparently remembers when the crowds were restricted to the top 6 miles, but with the ramp at the ballfields getting more traffic nowadays, that's not the case anymore.

bd


Edited by Brian Dunigan (02/16/09 04:47 PM)

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#1184006 - 02/16/09 05:00 PM Re: Caney Fork [Re: B.D.]
bowriter
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Uhhhh does anyone happen to remember me posting last summer that this would be a down year for the big trout?

I hate it when I am right.

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#1184013 - 02/16/09 05:03 PM Re: Caney Fork [Re: bowriter]
B.D.
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I do remember. I hate it when you're right too. \:\)

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