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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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#1203541 - 02/27/09 06:46 AM Re: clinch river slot limit [Re: stik]
7mm08
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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: ]
stik
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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]
Model70Man
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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]
mike243
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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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#1203763 - 02/27/09 08:55 AM Re: clinch river slot limit [Re: ]
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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#1203922 - 02/27/09 09:53 AM Re: clinch river slot limit [Re: stik]
mike243
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 Originally Posted By: stik
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.

agree 100% ,mike243
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#1203994 - 02/27/09 10:17 AM Re: clinch river slot limit [Re: mike243]
GRAMPS
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mike243, I need to get back down your way and float that river again. I did not catch anything but small trout last year, but saw some very large trout following my lure back to the boat.
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#1204025 - 02/27/09 10:27 AM Re: clinch river slot limit [Re: GRAMPS]
mike243
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come on down & i'll ride with ya \:\) ,i will pu a new to me pontoon within 2 weeks or less,told the man yesterday i would take it,01 suntracker 18' with a 50merc tilt&trim,boat & trl like new,not set up zackley the way i want but the $ was rite,mike243
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