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Hammer Time
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Daily Subscription Msg 1 Posted: 02:17 AM 04/17/06 (CST)
Fishing bass off their nesting beds....


Bass fisherman think when they catch-n-release, their being sportsmen….but you and I know better.
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Daily Subscription Msg 2 Posted: 10:42 AM 04/17/06 (CST)
This is a topic that never goes away. I am with you and try not to do it, but I know that people do it anyway and in many places it doesn't seem to harm the population. Maybe that's because dad eats whatever fry he can after they get to a certain size (or at least that is what I have read) so whether you catch him and he doesn't go back, the nest gets raided and many fry perish, or you don't catch him and he eats most of the fry, the net result might be the same. Of course, that is just a thought and I have no factual basis to support it, but I do know that you aren't going to stop people from doing it, the lure of easy catches is too much to pass on.
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Daily Subscription Msg 3 Posted: 11:03 AM 04/17/06 (CST)
Hammer,
The man has a point, but I think I'm still with you on this issue. I would like to talk to you, why don't you email me your phone number to cjcurry10@hotmail.com.
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Daily Subscription Msg 4 Posted: 11:19 AM 04/17/06 (CST)
From the DNR's website on the Bass species:

"When the fry reach an inch in length, they leave the nest. Then the male resumes feeding and in fact may eat any young bass he encounters."

It doesn't specifically say it will eat it's own, but it does say may eat any.. which to me means it's own.

There have been magazine artcles saying that Bass actually do return to their nest, and if it hasn't been pillaged they'll remain there. Of course there have been the articles that they dont' go back to their nesting spot. Wisconsinsmallmouth.com posts two stats on their website FROM In-Fisherman magazine:

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When a male takes 10 minutes to return to the nest, the eggs and fry are typically preyed upon more than 90 percent of the time, and over 90 percent of such nests are abandoned.


When males return to the nest in just two minutes, more than half the nestes are still deserted. "

Personally I always catch & release, some of the water has too much mercury to eat them anyway, and I don't throw many lures that Bass normally would take (top water, buzzbaits etc) until at least the Bass opener which this year is May 27th.
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Daily Subscription Msg 5 Posted: 11:38 AM 04/17/06 (CST)
If you think about it,we fisherman either catch & take or catch and release.We are predetors and therefor are part of the natural food chain. We can abuse the fishery or we can help sustain it. For example I released every crappie I caught last night,so did Rick.
most of them were females and full of roe. Would it have been terrible of me to keep them for dinner? I mean look at all of the babies I could have destroyed.I feel some what perplexed about keeping the females. What about the males that lead the fry to deeper water once it is time. If I take him them who guards the nest?
I could go on & on ,but the issue is being responsible for yourself .
Eat what you take or let it go. It might die anyway or it might servive. If you did not stress the fish out too much there is a good chance of survival. So if you know that during the time a bass is spawning you should leave it alone. That is why Mn. season starts later to keep us off of the bass. You may run into one inadvertantly,but at least you are aware of the damage you could do and therefor you could steer clear of those areas holding spawning bass.You could stop fishing-NOT! there are options,but it is your choice.
Education is the key to preserving our resources.It starts with the kids.I was impressed to see Sand Burr tell his youngest boy "it is too small,let's put it back". There was no crying about it.This shows me there are some dads that are doing a great job of teaching their kids.
I understand the dilemma of the bass fisherman,but really do you need to eat it is the question? The DNR did a survey a couple years ago to see if the limits on crappies should be changed.Well would'nt you know they did the survey in the metro area. How many folks in Mpls./St.Paul depend on crappies to feed themselves. Almost nobody,except for the mung Community. You see them lined up anywhere you could find even the smallest of fish.Why,because they have big families and not a lot of money for food so free panfish is the option. I know of several families up here that need all of the wild game they can get there hands on to keep food in the bellies of there children.A deer gets hit in front of you and dies on the side of the road. Do you drive by or stop and recover the animal. My bet is you drive by. Guy's up here will stop,take the carcuss home ,call the law and get a permit . That night they are eating fresh venison for free.
We all have choices to make,so if you can sleep at night you most likely made the right choices in life.
I'll get off my soap box,thanks for reading.
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Daily Subscription Msg 6 Posted: 12:03 PM 04/17/06 (CST)
Ok, when do you guys ever fish for bass? You know who I'm talking about..



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Daily Subscription Msg 7 Posted: 12:22 PM 04/17/06 (CST)
How many folks actually eat bass? I guess I was told as a kid that largemouth generally were pretty fishy tasting and not the greatest meal compared to panfish & walleye. Am I missing something?

I'll be the first to say the sport involved in bass fishing rocks, but have never eaten any.

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Daily Subscription Msg 8 Posted: 01:13 PM 04/17/06 (CST)
I know guys that will eat anything outside of crows and skunks.It all depends on how hungry you are.



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Daily Subscription Msg 9 Posted: 01:29 PM 04/17/06 (CST)
I tried Bass once. It reminded me of college days when I would eat live goldfish for $5.00 each on a dare, or actually chew them up for $20.00. I suppose for some people, it may taste good after 13-14 beers...not me. Surprisingly, I hear a lot of people don't like the taste of Northern. I do...to each his own. Anyhow, I also agree that maintaining our natural environment all comes down to common sense and respecting what is right for everyone, not just yourself.

BTW, how many posts do you have to toss up before your not considered a Noobie? (newbie).

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Daily Subscription Msg 10 Posted: 06:48 PM 04/17/06 (CST)
Not 100% sure who's being asked when they fish for Bass? Personally I really only fish Pike and Bass, because 95% of my fishing is St. Louis River, and eveyrone knows about the mercury levels and what eating them could do to your chances at future children.. etc..

This year I did buy a trout stamp for the first time (didn't pay the $2 extra though.. probably should have) so I'm thinking of trying some of the lake superior fishing piers etc.

I know you do what you have to, to survive.. but roadkill? I'd rather eat oatmeal every meal of the day.
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