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Reservoir Dawg

Changing attitudes

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Reservoir Dawg

I went fishing at Foster Arends pond on sunday mourning just to catch a few sunnies or crappies.They wern't cooperating.I moved over to another hole and dropped to the bottom with my small Gens worm tipped with a waxie,boom I got a nice 15" rainbow. I released that fish and dropped to the bottom again.Then I saw a mark about 2'off the bottom on my Vexilar.I raised up and bang, another fish on, this one made several runs, and I had a fine time trying to get him up with my spring bobber icing up.After a couple grabs, I got him on the ice.He was a grizzled old veteran with a hooked jaw and a couple scars.He wasn't very long but,he was thick.

Funny, how in my youth I would have loved to throw him in a bucket and show him off, but now, I get much more satisfaction out of looking him in the eye and letting him go.

Oh, I keep my fair share of fish to eat but,the fish that have fought the battles of life to survive I take great pleasure in seeing them swim away.

By the way I could swear as I let the old trout go he turned around winked,And said "lets do it again sometime".

Res Dawg wink.gif

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Dan Thiem

Good job Mister!

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CrappieJohn

Time does a lot to change one's thinking. Nice story...especially that wink. I've seen that a few times too.

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DzNuts

Good story. Personally I don't keep much. Don't know if it's laziness of knowing I will have to clean them, or the thought that I will get a chance at catching more later, but I throw most everthing back. I think mostly it is the thought of being able to go out there again and catch more later, tho.

Speaking of all this.. I was fishing Sunday and talked to a guy on the ice and we got to talking about good the lake was earlier in the season, then he went into talking how he had taken (and kept) nearly 800 of these crappies this winter alone. Apparently he can't do the math on why the fishing is slowing down. confused.gif

Catch and release people. If we don't, we wont get to enjoy the nice days of catching one after another that we always hope for. crazy.gif

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smallieobsession

If he has taken 800 crappies just this ice seson, he'd better be eating crappies breakfast, lunch, dinner, bedtime snack, etc... if you catch my drift....

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DzNuts

I know what you mean. It made me pretty sick to hear such a thing. Even if he does eat them all, or even give some away, I think it is still a waste.

Does any even fish for the fun of it anymore? Every time I go out it reminds me of fishing as a child. With my fishing pole in hand, pedaling my huffy down to the local creek with 3 of my best friends. Never keeping anything. Just going out to have some fun.

Having fun it what fishing means to me.

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winona walleye

ahaha love it, very romantic

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