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#1204459 - 02/27/09 03:08 PM Re: clinch river slot limit [Re: B.D.]
B.D.
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As far as c&r sections on the Clinch or any other river, I think it is better to just have reasonable regulations for the whole river.

Trout migrate from place to place throughout the year, so a fish that grows big in a "trophy zone" is just as likely to swim upstream or downstream and get harvested somewhere else. Plus, it is inconvenient for people who want to float a long stretch of river and keep a few fish along the way.

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#1204513 - 02/27/09 03:52 PM Re: clinch river slot limit [Re: B.D.]
gil1
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On mounts - I did a story on this exact thing a couple years ago. I can't remember exactly how many, but I interviewd about a dozen well-known southeastern taxidermists. Because it is so much easier, looks better, and lasts longer these days, the taxidermists don't want to deal with skin mounts anymore (their words). Obviously, the saltwater taxis had mostly done away with the skin mounts a long time ago.

Of all those taxidermists, only one largemouth specialist from Georgia still did skin mounts. He said he hated it, but he couldn't convince those few clients to change their minds. As BD said, not much of a skin mount is actually the fish.

Here's the sad part. Those taxidermists took the fish, photod it, measured it, and chunked it in the ditch for the coons. What a waste of a fine trophy.

My point is this. If you have to kill your trophy, at least eat it because your taxidermist is probably going to chunk it anyway.
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#1204560 - 02/27/09 04:36 PM Re: clinch river slot limit [Re: gil1]
mike243
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every body wants it the easy way & try to convince others that thier way is the best way \:\) ,i dont have any fish mounted & with the taxi attitude like that i never will,still going to eat a few a year just cause i can \:\) ,the only fish i would like to have had mounted was a 24" large mouth,probaly never hang another like that but i keep trying,mike243
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#1204917 - 02/27/09 08:37 PM Re: clinch river slot limit [Re: gil1]
B.D.
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 Originally Posted By: gil1
Of all those taxidermists, only one largemouth specialist from Georgia still did skin mounts. He said he hated it, but he couldn't convince those few clients to change their minds.


I'm surprised. I know a lot of taxidermists who still do skin mounts. Most taxis I know do both.

Fifteen years ago, a lot of the fiberglass repros looked like hell. The realism is getting better all the time though.

I have a couple skin mounts, but if I catch another big fish I want on the wall, I'll probably get a photo and do a repro mount.

bd

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#1204967 - 02/27/09 08:55 PM Re: clinch river slot limit [Re: B.D.]
rutnstrut2
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If you all remember a few years ago the clinch did have a trophy area but did away with it because they wanted to be able to guide the river. If you fish the clinch alot like I do most of the fish youare going to catch is a stocker but they are some good fish what I feel like they are tring to do is is the fish makes it threw a year from stock they give them a few years before they can be caught agian. I love to fish the river I think the slot is good and bad but what is worse is seeing some guys fishing from the bank and taking about fifty or so fish home with them no matter the size that is what gets me hot I called the warden on two last year over this. Those limits are there for a reason for my son to catch some fish when he gets big enough to wade with me!
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#1205038 - 02/27/09 09:19 PM Re: clinch river slot limit [Re: rutnstrut2]
captain hook
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They did away with the Trophy Zone because it was laid out poorly for the float fisherman. As a long time guide on the Clinch I assure you we had nothing to do with getting it removed. It made fishing outstanding, but it really affected guys who floated through and wanted to keep fish. Plus the no bait thing got to folks as well.

If it weren't for a couple of whiny landowners it would still be in place. Those same landowners now have no pull, and basically got laughed at last year during the slot meeting.
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#1205093 - 02/27/09 09:39 PM Re: clinch river slot limit [Re: captain hook]
rutnstrut2
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I am not saying it was anyones fault I did not get to fish it but some of my friends said the trophy area was great a they cought some 28-40 in man what I would do to hook into something like that!
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#1205525 - 02/28/09 05:32 AM Re: clinch river slot limit [Re: rutnstrut2]
captain hook
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Those size fish are still there, it wasn't them that got hurt by the no regs era. It was the 15-24" fish which all but disappeared.
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#1205813 - 02/28/09 09:24 AM Re: clinch river slot limit [Re: gil1]
Kimberman
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 Originally Posted By: gil1
On mounts - I did a story on this exact thing a couple years ago. I can't remember exactly how many, but I interviewd about a dozen well-known southeastern taxidermists. Because it is so much easier, looks better, and lasts longer these days, the taxidermists don't want to deal with skin mounts anymore (their words). Obviously, the saltwater taxis had mostly done away with the skin mounts a long time ago.

Of all those taxidermists, only one largemouth specialist from Georgia still did skin mounts. He said he hated it, but he couldn't convince those few clients to change their minds. As BD said, not much of a skin mount is actually the fish.

Here's the sad part. Those taxidermists took the fish, photod it, measured it, and chunked it in the ditch for the coons. What a waste of a fine trophy.

My point is this. If you have to kill your trophy, at least eat it because your taxidermist is probably going to chunk it anyway.




It couldnt be because the fiberglass mounts cost 2-3 times more than a skin mount so the taxidermist makes more money could it?
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#1205834 - 02/28/09 09:38 AM Re: clinch river slot limit [Re: Kimberman]
gil1
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 Originally Posted By: Kimberman
 Originally Posted By: gil1
On mounts - I did a story on this exact thing a couple years ago. I can't remember exactly how many, but I interviewd about a dozen well-known southeastern taxidermists. Because it is so much easier, looks better, and lasts longer these days, the taxidermists don't want to deal with skin mounts anymore (their words). Obviously, the saltwater taxis had mostly done away with the skin mounts a long time ago.

Of all those taxidermists, only one largemouth specialist from Georgia still did skin mounts. He said he hated it, but he couldn't convince those few clients to change their minds. As BD said, not much of a skin mount is actually the fish.

Here's the sad part. Those taxidermists took the fish, photod it, measured it, and chunked it in the ditch for the coons. What a waste of a fine trophy.

My point is this. If you have to kill your trophy, at least eat it because your taxidermist is probably going to chunk it anyway.




It couldnt be because the fiberglass mounts cost 2-3 times more than a skin mount so the taxidermist makes more money could it?

I thought the same thing, but it's not true. At least not totally. Just for fun, I did a price comparison for the article. It cost $6 more for a replica between all those taxidermists than the same skin mount they used to do. The price is going down and has been for years. It wouldn't surprise me if it cost less than a skin mount now. My own taxidermist charges less because of the time and labor involved in skin mounts.

Unless your opinion is that it's just not the same as the real fish, I can't think of a benefit. They just look so much better than they used to, cost is not a factor, and they last so much longer. JMO. To each his won, though.
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