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Unbelievable.......shufflers

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Gezzz that's nothing. Taney's trout can flat get with it behind someone that's shuffling.

I may have to go out and see how many rainbows I can get touching my feet. At least we'll have the San Juan beat at something...

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There was another forum a few years back that had a "Shufflers Hall of Shame" with pictures and everything. Anybody remember that one? I can't find it anymore and am pretty sure it folded.

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I do not see any shame part to it. It seems like a smart way to attract the fish. Unless it does environmental damage are hurts the trout it is fine with me. what about. those of. us who build crappie beds to attract crappie and bass. really the same thing.

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I do not see any shame part to it. It seems like a smart way to attract the fish. Unless it does environmental damage are hurts the trout it is fine with me. what about. those of. us who build crappie beds to attract crappie and bass. really the same thing.

It's effective if that's your only criteria. Hardly fits the description of sporting or fair chase though. It's the fishing equivalent of shooting turkeys or deer over bait if you ask me. The only difference is shuffling is not illegal.

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I just get tired of those pesky trout untying my shoelaces....

Shuffling comes with the environment. Unnatural fish in unnatural places. Hard to get away from those types of anglers in some places. Especially down on the white river and in the trout parks but there is always a more peaceful place to fish. If I find myself getting frustrated with the ethics of the anglers around me, I tend to find another place to fish...or call operation game thief.

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I guess I look at it differently, say these people don't fish often and would like to catch a few ( that is the idea of fishing anyway ) It is not illegal so why get upset about it. You bring up a father and son, I say to that ( he got his son in to fish and that is very important in perpetuating the sport ) I will never fault a person get a child of any age in to the sport so long as what they are doing is legal.

Is it ethical? who is to say what is ethical to another person? that is why we have laws. I don't do it but its not for me to judge another or to condemn them when its legal. Many people think its unethical to hunt deer in a corn field with a few rows left standing or to hunt waterfowl in a cut field but still its legal and I dam sure will hunt them.

Are they funny to watch? Oh hell ya I get a kick out of as some of them could be Texas Two Step instructors and it is even funnier when one looses balance and goes in. But hey the person may only have a few days a year to fish and have a fish tug his line and I sure wont begrudge him maybe his one day from 60 hour work weeks raising a family and everything else the guy has going on over a little foot shuffle.

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I'd probably stop short of calling this an ethical thing -- it's more like a personal preference thing. If it's legal and doesn't hurt anything, it's up to you. Life's too short to get worked up over other people's methods. If they're interfering with your fishing, just head over to see Yakov, or the Abba tribute band, or Shoshi, or Ray Stevens, or little Jimmy Osmond, or the Mandrells, or Mel Tillis.

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Every novice tailwater angler is entitled to catch boot feeders one time. if you have never see fish so thick that you stumble and trip over them it's really amazing the first time. After that any thinking angler should stop and ponder just what they value in their fishing experience. If all they value is catching one fish after the other well fine. To know no better level of success than mere accumulation is to miss the whole point, it's their loss.
Shuffling is chumming it is unethical, it should be discouraged or illegal when used to catch game fish.

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