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#1203519 - 02/27/09 06:28 AM clinch river slot limit
stik
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the way this is worded, it also includes the brook trout. i realize they will get bigger in a tailwater environment than in the mountain streams but a 20 inch brookie will be VERY rare.
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#1203534 - 02/27/09 06:40 AM Re: clinch river slot limit [Re: stik]
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Yes, but there are plenty of them that are not inside the slot, which leaves more then enough to fill your freezer.

As you know I am 150% in favor of the slot on the Clinch and in some regards do not think it is restricitve enough. I would love to see a C&R zone in addition to the river wide slot.

I have not seen any of the shocking data for this year, but based on personal experiences I can say with confidence that the fishing has improved for quality sized rainbows and browns as a result.

The way TWRA set this slot there really is no way for you all to complain. You can still keep plenty of fish, you can still fish with bait, and you can still kill a fish of trophy size.

My hat is off to TWRA for finally realizing the potential and value of our coldwater fisheries and beginning to manage them to reach their maximum potential.
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#1203541 - 02/27/09 06:46 AM Re: clinch river slot limit [Re: stik]
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the fish in the river now are the biggest they have been in the past 6-8 years on average. I for one fully support the slot limit. Kudos to TWRA for realizing this resource was in trouble and ruled in favor of slot limits. I have fished this river over 20 years and while it is not like it was in the late 80's- early 90's it is on the road back.

BTW. 20" brookies are not rare in other areas of the country. I have caught them in Maine on several occations. My best brookie on the Clinch so far has been 14".

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#1203544 - 02/27/09 06:49 AM Re: clinch river slot limit [Re: captain hook]
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but i was planning on mounting the 1st 16 inch brookie i caught. they should be exempted from the slot. i am not opposed to the slot on rainbows and browns. it's the 10-12 inch fish i keep to eat and they are still legal. i would be opposed to a C&R section if it interferes with keeping fish on a float trip. if the zone was from norris dam to miller's island, i could accept that.
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#1203553 - 02/27/09 06:52 AM Re: clinch river slot limit [Re: stik]
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I agree entirely with you on a C&R section below the dam. There are no private landowners from the dam to the weir to complain about lost land rights.
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#1203618 - 02/27/09 07:35 AM Re: clinch river slot limit [Re: 7mm08]
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I have caught NUMEROUS Brook trout in Washington state that were 20 inches +. Just give them a chance. 3 years from now we may be catching them in the Clinch.
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#1203628 - 02/27/09 07:41 AM Re: clinch river slot limit [Re: 7mm08]
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"It's a trout stamp, not a food stamp"
to me the first taking of any animal or fish is for eating.trophy hunting is fine if you want it but dont force your ego trips on others,wanting a c&r cares nothing about what the outdoors started as & one i wont sponser.now limits are a fine way to deal with game hogs but any game hog dosent care about rules anyway.now with that said i like to shoot big deer & catch big fish,but i dont feel deprived if i end up with nothing or a small deer/fish.i try to look at it from every bodys point of view & i will praise a small deer or fish as fast as i will a big 1,i hardley ever keep fish any way but hate to be told i cant because some body else wants to catch it also,after reading 1000's of hunting articules i went for 4 years with out shooting a deer,i was after the big 1,i finaly came to my sense's dropped the mag subscriptions & went back to taking a deer or 2 a year.i feel no stress if i dont get any thing & can decide to kill what ever is legal,same thing with fishing.i hope the clinch lives up to every bodys dream of a fishery,but lets remember not every body shares the same dream & has the same rites & rules as every one else ;\) ,mike243
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#1203642 - 02/27/09 07:48 AM Re: clinch river slot limit [Re: stik]
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 Originally Posted By: stik
but i was planning on mounting the 1st 16 inch brookie i caught. they should be exempted from the slot. i am not opposed to the slot on rainbows and browns. it's the 10-12 inch fish i keep to eat and they are still legal. i would be opposed to a C&R section if it interferes with keeping fish on a float trip. if the zone was from norris dam to miller's island, i could accept that.


Stik, you can still get one mounted. Do a reproduction, they look better and hold up longer then a skin mount. I have some names and numbers of some really good guys.

I agree with you on the C&R which affects float anglers. It should cover an entire section, i.e. peach orchard to 61, or nothing at all. Having some random zone in the middle of a float is pointless IMO.
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#1203647 - 02/27/09 07:51 AM Re: clinch river slot limit [Re: 7mm08]
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 Originally Posted By: 7mm08

"It's a trout stamp, not a food stamp"


\:D \:D \:D

You remember our shirts with that saying on them? Big D, should have one.

I still get ugly looks when I wear it around.
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#1203763 - 02/27/09 08:55 AM Re: clinch river slot limit [Re: captain hook]
stik
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to me a reproduction would be no different than taking a picture of a deer and then having a mount made. it just ain't the same.

i would oppose C&R from peach orchard to hwy 61 as that is my favorite float and is too long a section. from the dam to miller's island would be a good stretch as the weir dam restricts navigation.
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