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seamonkey84

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Regional problem or with the “sport”?
« on: Aug 11, 2019, 12:11 PM »
https://www.centralmaine.com/2019/08/11/why-catch-and-release-is-killing-maine-fisheries/

Many places in the country have seen shifts in the average size of the fish we are after. Bass that are almost always caught and released get over populated and the average size goes down. Some fish get preference for the table while others are valuable sport fish (toys) that we need to share and everyone needs to try and not break them.
"You know when they have a fishing show on TV? They catch the fish and then let it go. They don't want to eat the fish, they just want to make it late for something." - Mitch Hedberg

taxid

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Re: Regional problem or with the “sport”?
« Reply #1 on: Aug 11, 2019, 10:50 PM »
Used to be years ago a common problem in farm ponds out here was stunted bluegills due to over harvest of bass. Now it's just the opposite with bass heavy ponds and smaller bass due to all the catch and release. I also believe bass get harder to catch with catch and release. I've observed bass in one of my ponds learning to avoid certain baits they get caught on a couple of times. With tournaments every weekend on some of our local lakes it make one wonder.
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seamonkey84

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Re: Regional problem or with the “sport”?
« Reply #2 on: Aug 11, 2019, 11:03 PM »
There’s a local pond that gets lots of pressure, especially during ice fishing since it gets stocked as a put and take during the fall. There are big bass that have switched to feeding only at night or on non “bait fish” feeds. They aren’t caught using live minnows under bobbers or fish traps, but I’ve watched them going after sunfish, While ignoring schools of shiners/minnows. The bass that are caught are all smallish and skinny. The big ones are the ones that got big enough to eat sunfish and the stocked trout. Oddly, the occasional yellow perch that is caught out of there are all bigger than the average in other places.
"You know when they have a fishing show on TV? They catch the fish and then let it go. They don't want to eat the fish, they just want to make it late for something." - Mitch Hedberg

fishogger

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Re: Regional problem or with the “sport”?
« Reply #3 on: Aug 12, 2019, 10:54 AM »
I think they can get conditioned to say rattle baits easier than say soft lifelike baits.  that's why im a big fan of plastics. 

 



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