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  1. Here is a video put out by Arkansas Wildlife about the Smallmouth Bass tagging project that AGFC is conducting on Crooked Creek.
  2. I've used the Berkley Hot Line Braid Cutter. It requires batteries and costs $9.99, but it works great. In addition, I use it to burn out details and eye holes for my deer hair flies, and poppers that i tie.
  3. Is the BPS crankin stick still for sale for $25? Where at?
  4. is the crankin stick medium/heavy fast action?
  5. Great buck! I'd be grinning ear to ear if I had shot that! How many points? Did you score it?
  6. Yes, the trout biologist certified it on Saturday. It is waiting for a signature from the AGFC Chief of Fisheries to become an official state record. The Cutthroat was 26" and 10 pounds 2 ounces and it had an adipose fin clip indicating it was a hatchery fish from 2008 or 2011. The angler was Mr. Mike Bowers of Abilene, Kansas
  7. This comment is the root of all the issues that people have with spearfishing. It is the tragedy of the commons. If I can't or don't want to spearfish, then nobody should be able to. Most people that have an issue with spearfishing have never even been diving in our lakes, let alone tried to spearfish,to actually see how skittish fish are, and how few trophy size fish (8 + pounders) you actually see while you are down there, and how difficult spearfishing actually is. They have a perceived notion that it is as easy as going down and picking out which trophy you want to shoot. Not the case. Spearfishing is limited to 1/2 of the daily limit of rod and reel anglers, has a shortened season, and spear fishermen still have to abide by the length limits. I would bet money that the number of big fish taken out of the lake annually by spear fishermen is a small fraction of what is harvested by rod and reel anglers. As far as catch and release is considered, I am spearfishing for food and for the fun of diving with the fish, not for numbers. It's hard to catch and release deer while hunting as well, yes you can pass up the big deer, but you can also pass up the big fish if you choose to do so. Like you mentioned in your last paragraph, how many rod and reel anglers are actually releasing the large walleye and crappie they catch?
  8. Thanks! yeah that one took me about 3 hours to tie. I had no idea about the lead content in Longears. That is interesting, usually they don't big enough to mess with for me to want to eat them. Yes, they are a beautiful fish for sure. One of my favorites.
  9. They were right about you mis-quoting and twisting. I said I have never seen an 8 # walleye in 5 years of diving, but you said you can catch 4 in 1 day while rod and reel fishing. So you are anti-food fishing. That eliminates a large percent of the angling public when your looking for people to scream with you. Good luck to you sir. Your not saying much positive about them. They are still non native and destructive, and people may start screaming to kill them even if they have been here for 140 years. Do you think people will think silver jumping carp are good after 140 years. However, it doesn't mater, you completely missed the point of me posting that. I'm not here to debate common carp. It was used as an example, but you missed it completely. But actually you made my point, which was Just because someone is uneducated in a subject and screams loud, does not mean that they are right, and that the regulation actually accomplishes anything. I knew you would be passionate about carp and used that as an example. Anyway, I don't think you're getting a lot of support on here, and you're not understanding half of what I am trying to tell you, so please post your multiple state record Longear pictures when you get a chance.
  10. Just because someone is uneducated in a subject and screams loud, does not mean that they are right, and that the regulation actually accomplishes anything. How would you feel about a mandatory catch and kill regulation on all common carp? Would a catch and kill regulation do any good to eliminate carp and improve fishing? Probably not since there are so many of them, and they are highly reproductive, and not very many people target them, but a lot of people see carp as bad and a pest , so maybe they think all carp must be killed and must they must scream about it to make it happen. I think people could scream pretty loud about killing carp since they are a invasive fish that cause a decline of native fish, by destroying spawning grounds, and preying on the eggs of other fishes, ect. As noted by the USGS FACTsheet https://nas.er.usgs.gov/queries/factsheet.aspx?speciesID=4 Impact of Introduction of Common Carp: The common carp is regarded as a pest fish because of its widespread abundance and because of its tendency to destroy vegetation and increase water turbidity by dislodging plants and rooting around in the substrate, causing a deterioration of habitat for species requiring vegetation and clean water (Cole 1905; Cahoon 1953; Bellrichard 1996; Laird and Page 1996). Available literature indicates common carp may destroy aquatic macrophytes directly by uprooting or consuming the plants, or indirectly by increasing turbidity and thereby reducing light for photosynthesis. Bellrichard (1996) found that alterations in macrophyte biomass are due more to direct effects of common carp. In their review of the literature, Richardson et al. (1995) concluded that common carp has had noted adverse effects on biological systems including destruction of vegetated breeding habitats used by both fish and birds, and an increase in turbidity. It stirs up the bottom during feeding, resulting in increased siltation and turbidity (Lee et al. 1980 et seq.). This feeding behavior also destroys rooted aquatic plants that provide habitat for native fish species and food for waterfowl (Dentler 1993). Bonneau and Scarnecchia (2015) found that carp eradication and exclusion from reservoir tributaries allowed for increased benthic invertebrate community diversity and abundance, and the return of submerged aquatic vegetation. There is also evidence that common carp prey on the eggs of other fish species (Moyle 1976; Taylor et al. 1984; Miller and Beckman 1996). For this reason, it may be responsible for the decline of the razorback sucker Xyrauchen texanus in the Colorado River basin (Taylor et al. 1984). In another case, Miller and Beckman (1996) documented white sturgeon Acipenser transmontanus eggs in the stomachs of common carp in the Columbia River. In California, carp have been implicated in the decrease in water clarity in Clear Lake, Lake County, and in the gradual disappearance of native fishes (Moyle 1976). McCarraher and Gregory (1970) wrote that in 1894 there was documentation that Sacramento perch Archoplites interruptus were becoming more scarce because carp was destroying their spawning grounds. Laird and Page (1996) stated that common carp may compete with ecologically similar species such as carpsuckers and buffalos. Because this species has been present in many areas since the first surveys, its impacts on many of the native fishes are difficult to determine. Once established in a water body, common carp is difficult and expensive to eliminate (e.g., Cahoon 1953). that sounds pretty bad. I have never seen a trout while diving. I have never even seen a total of 4 walleye over 8 pounds while diving, in the 5 years I have been doing it. So you're actually admitting that rod and reel angling is more effective at catching big fish, since it sounds like you have caught multiple 8 pounders in a single day, more than once, while myself and all the spearfishermen I know have not seen that many 8 pound fish in a day or season. Were you fishing the spawn when you caught all those fish. Do you eat walleye? Its nothing like spotlighting deer or shooting a turkey out of the roost, as shown in your video, your lack of experience in the subject is showing again. Why is hunting for fish dangerous when you practice it safely. What's with you and googling dramatic pictures? What, I guess nobody has ever been injured while fishing out of a boat or by hunting for deer or turkeys? I'd google some pictures for you, but everyone knows it happens daily, and I know you can find the pictures for yourself. Sweet video. Gets me excited to dive. What are your issues with harvesting 1/2 of a rod and reel limit of eater size bass to eat? They look like good eater bass and he is within the spearfishing regulations. None of those bass were 10 pounders or even 5 pounders or even 3 pounders, but you claim spear fishermen can shoot the largest fish in the lake at will. Do you eat fish? Do you eat bass? Do you think nobody should harvest and eat fish or bass because you don't agree with it?
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