Posted on Tuesday Dec 18, 2012 at 12:16 AM
Tony, I respect you and Tiny, as much as anyone on the board. Thanks again for the channel cat you gave me, that you got below Kaw on hoppers, a few years back.
I wish I'd said what I said a little more tactfully, don't like to offend, but I don't see it a good use of a sportfish. That's mine and a buddy's (lake record holder) opinion, who does crappie fish. If using sportfish for bait does not become a problem, no biggie. Time will tell. Few on this website are going to support using intact striper for chum, me included.
This colum should be titled, more like use of sportfish, not want and waste or blantant- wanton waste, which is the correct legal term, apparently. The guy did not waste it according to our laws, so no, I did not title this colum correctly.
Was looking on geezers website in the warden colum, and noticed on the Texas side of Texoma and the rest of Texas, it is illegal to grind up sportfish for chum. Looks like a good use of the scraps, but too complicated, I guess, destroys evidence if they needed it.
I would wager there is more wanton waste these days than there was a few decades back. Bass fishermen don't fish for food in tournaments and some horn hunter's don't hunt for meat. I like to know the bass guys put their dead catch on ice and see that it gets cooked, that respects the fish. Heck, I smoked a 17 lb carp for my dogs and no I don't expect anyone else to do that. Tell you the truth I tasted it and could eat it, if necessary. My boy is a scout and they say to be thrifty and I taught 'em something. I knew a good, hard working business guy that really did kill a trophy buck and was too busy to even take it to share the harvest. I've heard of guys that kill a doe sometimes to bait coyotes, when they could pick 'em up off the highways.
I get up in the night sometimes to go clean my fish, if I've put it off, just ain't right to waste it. I am not any better than anyone, just trying to get people to think. Outdoor folk need to keep our image up to assure a future for hunting and fishing. Been praying for your wife.