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#1508348 - 09/18/09 02:08 PM New Live Bait Regulations
rsimms
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This will likely be causing some buzz around the state of Tennessee, but the bottomline, for the overwhelming majority of live bait anglers, it will have little or no impact.

http://www.chattanoogan.com/articles/article_159192.asp
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#1508687 - 09/18/09 04:59 PM Re: New Live Bait Regulations [Re: rsimms]
B.D.
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I'd be content to see them cut out the use of trout as bait entirely.

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Edited by Brian Dunigan (09/18/09 04:59 PM)

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#1509293 - 09/18/09 11:58 PM Re: New Live Bait Regulations [Re: B.D.]
holstonangler
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I wonder what scientific reason they give on imposing a limit on the trout over 8".
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#1510222 - 09/19/09 05:20 PM Re: New Live Bait Regulations [Re: holstonangler]
B.D.
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Not sure, but I bet that the logic is that trout under 8" would be easier to distinguish from stockers.

If you've got two dozen 3-inch rainbows in a bucket, chances are you bought them somewhere. If the trout are over 8", it's too easy to use a few and then replenish them with fish from a stocked tailwater.

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#1512521 - 09/21/09 09:41 AM Re: New Live Bait Regulations [Re: B.D.]
Taylor Administrator
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Hope it works out for the best.
But...

"Reeves admits it will be a difficult enforcement situation, but says the regulation protects native species by restricting, or stopping, the importation of non-native species... primarily by out-of-state bait dealers."

That was my question... enforcement.

Kind of similar to the the call for legislation against those carting big, trophy catfish off to be sold to the pay lakes in the north.

At least it is on the books the books, in the event they do catch anybody.
And any effort to stop non-native species is welcome.

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#1517222 - 09/23/09 02:42 PM Re: New Live Bait Regulations [Re: Taylor]
B.D.
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When don't have enough wildlife officers, enforcement is always going to be a problem. Imagine if Sumner County (for example) only had one cop?

The enforcement situation is awful but the reality is that TWRA's budget is very limited. They do pretty good considering the resources they have to work with.

bd


Edited by Brian Dunigan (09/23/09 02:43 PM)

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#1518164 - 09/23/09 09:41 PM Re: New Live Bait Regulations [Re: B.D.]
Fordman
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Actuallly I have been checked/seen more officers checking people in the past 12 months than ever before. Can they do better.... heck yea but it would take more money and thats whats hard to come by.
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#1519181 - 09/24/09 01:48 PM Re: New Live Bait Regulations [Re: Fordman]
B.D.
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Agreed. "Awful" was probably too strong a term. I get frustrated because too often poachers get away because there's not enough officers to cover everywhere that needs to be watched. The out of the way places like the smallmouth creeks probably get hit the hardest.

I should clarify that I did NOT mean to imply TWRA does an "awful" job - just that the realities of the budget mean there's not enough officers to go around.

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#1533757 - 10/02/09 01:16 PM Re: New Live Bait Regulations [Re: B.D.]
bowriter
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Many years ago, the then chief of law enforcement for TWRA took me to lunch. He asked me what I thought about declaring a portion of the Caney Fork as a trophy trout water-no live bait, barbless hooks, one fish limit.

I simply asked him, how do you plan to enforce it.

Bob smiled and we finished lunch.
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#1534915 - 10/03/09 10:24 AM Re: New Live Bait Regulations [Re: bowriter]
B.D.
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Is that any different from any other regulation TWRA has? A whole lot of them are tough to enforce. I'd rather have the rules and let law enforcement do the best they can, rather than just surrender because the poachers can't be stopped 100 percent. Just my opinion.

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