Teaching Catch & Release

M Kanaval
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Teaching Catch & Release

Postby M Kanaval » Thu Jun 12, 2008 11:22 am

I'm new to the boards & recently a part time resident of Tomahawk.

I have been fishing the Tomahawk area lakes & rivers for over 15 years. When I first started fishing Mohawksin I targeted Smallies & knew that it was good for the recource to release these fish back into the water for others to enjoy.

As time went on I discovered what a fantastic Muskie fishery this area is & ever since spend most of my time fishing for them. I have caught nearing a hundred muskies & 1 that went 50" x 25.5" I figured it went around pounds by how heavy she was. All were released by me & anyone I have fished with.

Since my love for the area continues to grow, I tend to read as many fishing reports as possible. Only to see more often than not anglers keeping trophy sportfish. I cannot understand this at all?

It seems on the surface & from the limited recources I have access to, that the local anglers are more likely to keep a trophy than anyone else. Please don't think I'm bashing the locals! There is not one person I have met in the area I wouldn't invite to my cabin for a BBQ & some beers!

What can be done to educate ALL anglers on the importance of catch & release?

I do not see anything to support this at any of the locat bait shops or better yet at the boat ramps. A simple sign could do wonders.

I know that Aquatic Arts removed the freezer of death & now will only do a replicas. This is the kind of effort that will secure this wonderful fishery for a very long time.

I will put a sign by our dock that says support Catch & Release with a picture of kids fishng. My boys will help make it & at the same time understand why it's important.

Be safe & good luck.

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Re: Teaching Catch & Release

Postby jayem » Fri Jun 13, 2008 3:49 pm

Well said, Mike. I hope we all can continue to learn and educate others on the importance of proper handling and encourage "catch and release" of this fragile fishery we call MUSKIES!

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Re: Teaching Catch & Release

Postby Jeff Boettcher » Sun Jun 22, 2008 10:52 pm

Catch & release is a fine lifestyle for all fisherman to pursue in certain circumstances (Smallies, Muskies, & maybe Northerns?).

Let's not forget how extraordinarily tasty a batch of bluegills, walleyes, perch, etc. are coming straight from the lake & into the fry pan can be! Otherwise why bother fishing?
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