mocat is right on the mark. It's a money thing. A guy at work used to take several trip to South Carolina every summer and charge to "guide" guys here on to big cats there. He made lots of money and so did the state of SC. He tried it here taking people on the Missouri and Mississippi and it failed. A boat wreck ended his "guide service". My point? The state (MDC) is constantly trying to squeeze every penny they can out of people by claiming we have the biggest, best and more. Bucks, turkeys and now catfish. They cut us out to cater to the money men and call it conservation. I wish they would quit pi$$ing down my back and then tell me it's raining.
We had both MDC Deputy Directors on our radio show this week, to discuss the proposed blue catfish slot-limit. You can listen to it anytime at our website below. We get into the discussion in Segment 2 and 3.
Linda - What do you suggest? I see no input or advice from you. If you can not see the decline in the large fish availabe on Truman in the last 15 years then you need to spend more time on the lake!!! How rough huh? I do agree that the Truman catfishing is not what it was when guys could run up behind the dam with their little boats and we'd pull out some monsters. Measuring fish is not that difficult. I have measured tens of thousand of channels and believe they will get you quicker then a blue most days. I am not saying I fully agree or disagree with this proposed reg change. But, I have seen the end of multiple shocking boats and do know the lake is covered in smaller blues and not as many larger ones as it once had.
I would suggest leaving the regs alone, since there is no problem. They just cut the limit in half less than three years ago, and the fishermen seem putting up with that OK. People who know how to catch the big blues are still doing it. There is no public uproar about lack of blue cat. You can't keep them off your lines. There are no scientific studies to show low numbers or high harvest. The tagging study showed normal harvest rates, and it didn't include any blue cats over 20 lbs. The info they are feeding the public is not what the data showed. It's just like the push to ban lead shot on all CA's a few years ago. Their own scientific studies didn't match the agenda, and the public had to loudly point this out before they would back off. The word has spread fast around the lakes, and the MDC is already feeling the heat. Hopefully, it may not make it through the regulations committee.
The MDC has now backed off (for the moment) to getting this reg pushed through by 2012 with an increase in the limit to 10 blue cat less than 25" and a no-keep slot-limit of 25" to 35". It still has no chance of flying with the public, but the MDC refuses to give up. They are still spreading the same talking points that can be easily disproved.
trapper660: what wrong with buzz?he never hurt noone.lol
May 9, 2013 21:36:18 GMT -5
trapper660: whoops i thought it would bleep that.
May 9, 2013 21:42:39 GMT -5
bobcat: well 660 u no u can edit it ..... LOL...
May 9, 2013 22:53:44 GMT -5
trapper660: what the heck?no one posting at all for a day or two and no one shouting for a long time.is everyone hibernating for the summer or what.
May 13, 2013 21:27:20 GMT -5
64 bobcat: must be 660..... everyone is busy , I guess
May 13, 2013 21:29:03 GMT -5
trapper660: i guess so hows everything with you bobcat
May 13, 2013 21:38:40 GMT -5
mg: Fur Buyer...Hello fellow trappers and hunters I was in the fur business for over 18 years and my son also is in the business. We are interested in your fur. My son works the east coast while I work south west area.
May 14, 2013 12:52:03 GMT -5
mg: Please contact us if you are looking to sell.
May 14, 2013 12:52:36 GMT -5
silverfox: I looked into the deal and it would be around 120/month for three years for a 4000 loan at 4%.
May 15, 2013 18:00:48 GMT -5
krank: the heck you say....
May 15, 2013 20:17:38 GMT -5
bamamudpie: i sure wished some one would come to bama and buy fur but i know it want happen the out of staters fees is way to high ,which in my mind was set to keep buyers out
May 19, 2013 14:52:08 GMT -5
trapper660: anyone out there tonight?i will be off and on here for awhile. i hurt my back earlier and have nothing else to do.lol
May 19, 2013 17:53:06 GMT -5
trapper 660 i know how you fee: Enter your reply here...
May 20, 2013 22:29:25 GMT -5
krank: Do you know just how I fee? Enter your reply right here.....
May 21, 2013 18:40:08 GMT -5
trapper660: sometimes the fee is high sometimes its low.lol
May 21, 2013 20:46:28 GMT -5
trapper660: my reply,..... who the heck is this.
May 21, 2013 20:47:09 GMT -5