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#991824 - 10/27/08 06:36 AM Re: TWRC and TWRA possibly the worst [Re: trealtree]
trealtree
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 Originally Posted By: trealtree
letter sent


NO response from my letter. That really shows how much they care. and it was a nice letter.


Mr. Baird,

I have recently heard about what happened at the last commission meeting regarding the reversal of regulations on commercial paddle fishing. I was not there and I do not know what caused this reversal. Could you please explain to me why these regulations were changed and if there was some type of biological reasoning behind this. I have watched the paddlefish populations grow in various rivers that I fish across the state and I enjoy getting out there to try and harvest a few during our very short sport fishing season. I would hate to see the commercial fishermen over harvest this states population of prehistoric fish.

rgds,
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#992323 - 10/27/08 09:37 AM Re: TWRC and TWRA possibly the worst [Re: ]
Tubakka
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Personally, I'd like to see select harvest for HOOK AND LINE anglers, as these are an INCREDIBLE sportfish and taste probably better than anything else I've put in my mouth....if there were some way to succcessfully and economically farm them [Disney has a small operation down here...but it only supplies a small amount to their own needs] that would completely wipe out t he use for a commercial fishery, but of course, the demands of these fish are somewhat hard to accomodate in that capacity. I do believe that commercial angling has a place in this world, but wow...not like this. If we coudl just find a real use for those big head carp...get rachel ray to do a good recipe on her show or something...yeah right.

I will say this...I was very sad that the day they cut the generators down at Center Hill to find that body on the Cumby, JUSt as I had launched, an dI had my musky gear on board for the striper potential with some big treble hooks, I really really REALLY wanted to try for one of those fish. I've snagged them below Kentucky dam a few times in the past, but man...the yweren't that big. Some of those paddles that day were approach 6-7 feet. They seriously look like basking sharks. Astounding...and to see them swim past brown and rainbow trout was a real treat. Won't be able to see that again anytime soon...

...something needs to be done about this. Pronto.

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#994614 - 10/28/08 08:37 AM Re: TWRC and TWRA possibly the worst [Re: B.D.]
CamohunterAGAIN
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Ever hear the phrase... "bite the hand that feeds you"

The commercial fishermen were suing the agency over what the agency thought was a good size and limit? Litigation cost money...

So, I guess the agency said....hmmmm why don't you just limit yourselves commercial fishermen.... In a couple of years the fish will be endangered and you will be out of business.

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#994644 - 10/28/08 08:50 AM Re: TWRC and TWRA possibly the worst [Re: CamohunterAGAIN]
trealtree
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 Originally Posted By: CamohunterAGAIN
Ever hear the phrase... "bite the hand that feeds you"

The commercial fishermen were suing the agency over what the agency thought was a good size and limit? Litigation cost money...

So, I guess the agency said....hmmmm why don't you just limit yourselves commercial fishermen.... In a couple of years the fish will be endangered and you will be out of business.



I guess they are going to limit themselves just like the fur traders and meat hunters of the early 1900's did, when there was no limit.
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#994669 - 10/28/08 09:00 AM Re: TWRC and TWRA possibly the worst [Re: trealtree]
smstone22
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Well heck I think Ill just sue them because I think I should be able to do whatever I want and not ever buy a license They oughta bend over for me just like they have for the commercial fishermen \:D Basically they have bowed down to pressure and it will cost those of us who are paying out the wazoo for our licenses.
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#995166 - 10/28/08 12:25 PM Re: TWRC and TWRA possibly the worst [Re: smstone22]
CamohunterAGAIN
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i didn't say it was right steven... just pointing out that you have to be careful what you ask for...and how you ask.
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#1001451 - 10/30/08 11:36 PM Re: TWRC and TWRA possibly the worst [Re: CamohunterAGAIN]
holstonangler
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How was that costing them any money? I always go opening week and have never seen a game warden or have been checked. Love to fish for them a couple days each year, but snagging is not my way of fishing. It can be alot of fun watching them jump though.

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#1002983 - 10/31/08 07:48 PM Re: TWRC and TWRA possibly the worst [Re: holstonangler]
shopson
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Looks like John Sevier to me.
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#1202128 - 02/26/09 10:26 AM Re: TWRC and TWRA possibly the worst [Re: shopson]
holstonangler
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What ever happened the the TWRA stripping the paddlefish regulations? Just looked in the 2009 fishing guide and everything is the same?
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#1202257 - 02/26/09 11:54 AM Re: TWRC and TWRA possibly the worst [Re: holstonangler]
B.D.
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It's my understanding that the Commission saw the error of their ways and the regs were reinstated.

I think a round of thanks is in order for the folks here who stood up for what is right.



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