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Old 02-03-2014, 11:55 AM   #21 (permalink)
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Old 02-03-2014, 03:25 PM   #22 (permalink)
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Why not think twice about it and get a replica made of your penis instead.
I could get one done and it'd save me A LOT of money vs. getting one done of mac of any size... I mean even it's $16 an inch that's $32 in my case.
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Old 02-03-2014, 03:37 PM   #23 (permalink)
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If you go in tackle shops restaurants ex. Around lake trout lakes in CO you see trophy macs on the walls.


Take a close look at those mounts you speak of. I bet they have a lot of dust cause they are old. I'm glad most have evolved to understand we can't do this today or we would be out of big fish in a hurry.
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I get what you're sayin dude. And personally I'd not choose to mount one. But let me word this another way; If we had tons of people coming to this state from other states for the laker fishing, at places like blue mesa for instance, and those people kept an occasional fish for a mount we'd be in a lot better position with management than we are right now. IMO it'd prolly take a huge amount of fishing pressure to equate to a systematic removal which is what's taking place now. If there was a huge popularity for people to come to this state for mac fishing the CPW might consider attempting to introduce forage base ex. In any case the focus would probably be on preserving resources (trophy fish) not removing them. like you're sayin most of those mounts are old school, thus people back then were keeping a fish for mount from time to time, answer me this was fishing better back then or now? I honestly don't know so my question is not in smart ass context. One thing I am aware of is the fact that two well known laker fishiers which I've fished this season used to have slot limits c&r only fish from 26-36" now no such slots exist on those fisheries. My understanding was back in those days when a person caught one over the slot they might consider keeping a fish for a mount ex.
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I don't have the personal experience over time to personally comment as to if the laker fishing was better then or now. I have been told by anglers with many more years of experience that the monster lakers were way more plentiful not long ago. I trust the sources.

I can work all day to see a few big fish when I have heard stories of "stacks" of big fish present yesteryear.

I feel confident in saying laker fishing for the big ones was better then than it is now.
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And JW, you're right. Laker guys seem to be caught in a catch 22. We want more advocates but we are a tight lipped bunch nervous of what can happen.

There is no easy answer. I know it's being worked on though.
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I don't have the personal experience over time to personally comment as to if the laker fishing was better then or now. I have been told by anglers with many more years of experience that the monster lakers were way more plentiful not long ago. I trust the sources.

I can work all day to see a few big fish when I have heard stories of "stacks" of big fish present yesteryear.

I feel confident in saying laker fishing for the big ones was better then than it is now.

I have basically heard the same thing. I hope you guys do realize I am on your side of this issue. I only really post in contrast because I feel it's an interesting discussion. I have no idea if dude in the video is engaging in a sort of selective harvest and keeping a fish for mount, something he does rarely or if dude keeps every big fish he hooks into. I guess I feel like if someone is a serious fisherman, be it for macs, trout, bass or anything else and that person chooses to keep a mount rarely, or even once in a lifetime possibly I don't feel like they are necessarily causing a huge determent to the species in question. I do understand that with the growth rates as slow as they are with macs the issue of keep vs release is compounded that much more. Still I can imagine if CO was a real popular mac fishing destination the species would prolly be managed a lot more appropriately. Then we'd all just be pissed about outta staters keeping fish, not pissed because the CPW is managing them out!
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It is an interesting discussion IMO, I still can't seem to understand the logic of removing 20-40# fish that are 20 years old and older to support a 2# fish which can only live to be four years old no matter what.
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I guess I feel like if someone is a serious fisherman, be it for macs, trout, bass or anything else and that person chooses to keep a mount rarely, or even once in a lifetime possibly I don't feel like they are necessarily causing a huge determent to the species in question.

You're right, one probably wouldn't hurt. But here is the issue: every angler wants "their one for the wall". How many anglers in this state? IDK. How many 20 pound lakers in Granby - maybe a couple hundred. See the problem now?

Good discussion, JW.
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And my couple hundred number for Granby is high most likely.
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Yep, I do see your point, makes me wonder why the slot would be lifted in the first place? At least with a slot people might keep one for a mount over the slot, but the slot it's self would protect a trophy class of fish, and address over harvesting. Really it seems like management is moving in the wrong direction in this state.
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