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TWRA to regulate gaffed fish

Doskil

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MickThompson":2zis68o5 said:
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what is a gaff?

A sharpened hook that’s commonly used for landing catfish usually. I didn’t realize people were releasing fish they’d gaffed but apparently so.


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ah, what they use for saltwater. i wonder if people been killing big stripers using them and some complained.
 

Pilchard

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Good for TWRA. I can think of no legitimate reason to gaff a fish you aren’t going to keep.

IMO, if you can’t grab your catch with bare or gloved hands, you shouldn’t be fishing.

Not that it applies to TN, but I believe the same rule should be applied to all saltwater fisheries as well.
 

Dbllunger

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I don't think I have ever seen a gaff used in freshwater before but apparently it happens. I agree with the proposed regulation. Once gaffed, a fish will die.
 

Hoppi84

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Snagging paddlefish on the mississippi river back in Illinois we use to gaff the snot outta bighead and Asian carp...
 

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