I would be curious to see the actual statement from AGFC on this. Anyone have the official link?
If you open the email on your phone, you can long press the link in the email and copy it. Then come here and open a new response. Long press on the place where you would type and it will give you a paste option. Paste the link and then hit Post Reply.I have it in an email but I’m computer challenged and don’t know how to get it here.
What about all us Snaggers that yank indiscriminately with evil treble hooks ?
I bet this comment probably smacks at the heart of the issue. Reciprocity with those other agencies.I can't find the AGFC link, but I'm sure the change would be to match the existing regs in TN and MS of only 1 catfish over 34 inches in reciprocal waters.
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You are an impressive individual, JB.
I listened to part of the meeting on the line and heard you speak today. Y’all did a great job presenting your case. I think y’all might have turned the tide. Time will tell.I am the president of the Arkansas commercial fisherman’s association. This proposal was to limit both commercial and recreational fishermen to one fish over 34” (15-17 pound range). I was able to speak at the commissioners meeting today and they listened to our concerns. They have tabled the regulation proposal for now and they are going to survey licensed anglers and revisit this after the survey is complete. For you guys against commercial anglers , this reg is being proposed for recreational as well as commercial. Many of you are quick to condemn commercial fishermen but most of them are only trying to make a living off a resource that is in no way in danger. I am not going to get into any long discussions or arguments here but the commercial industry is regulated to insure the resource remains plentiful for all. I hope we can all agree this is a bad regulation change for a river that has a huge catfish population and don’t want to see it go through because it affects all of us. We are all fishermen and love the outdoors, we just have different passions that drive us.
IIRC Director Booth spoke directly to this issue. Maybe someone else who listened to the tape can chime in. I believe the proposed reg was on the agenda to merely be discussed and moved to the next step of becoming formalized. However after the speakers presented their case and answered some questions, the commissioners decided to wait a month to allow more public opinion to be heard and to examine the issue in a little more detail.So was the commission planning to make a ruling today on this presentation with zero data?
Sounds like our jackwagon F/W commission.