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Old 12-21-2008, 12:25 PM   #11
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Catch and release for me too, on rod and reel. I like to eat one every now and then, but if they outlawed keeping them, it wouldn't hurt my feelings none. I'll just go catch another catfish or two. I love them Gator Gars, they are fun to catch.

As far as the population of them is concerned, well, the studies I have actually seen in the lakes and bayous, certainly support that there is a pile of them out there. But then again, I know where to look.
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Old 12-22-2008, 12:55 PM   #12
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That's right jackieblue, because we are being pushed out of a long time sport based on nothing but emotion.
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Old 12-22-2008, 06:13 PM   #13
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Old 12-22-2008, 06:17 PM   #14
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That's right jackieblue, because we are being pushed out of a long time sport based on nothing but emotion.
I just can't believe someone who fishes for these fish would not support some kind of recreational regulation. This will be the first time in the history of our state that any kind of gar received any kind of protection. I'm more than happy to give up a chance to keep an alligator gar of any size. But then, I'm not out there MAKING MONEY from killing them.

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Old 12-23-2008, 01:12 PM   #15
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Capt. Kim you are way of base thinking bowfishermen don't care what happens to the gator gar ,we are one of the only groups that care at all.They are our greatest trophies,people come from all over the counrty for a chance at one.
The bowfishermen know TP&W don't care what we think and we are worried that when they do change the regulations they will do away with our right to take them.
I'm sure you are one of the gass guys and it is really sorry for fellow sportsmen to try and stop other sportsmen from doing what they love!!!
the bowfishermen don't make money off the gar if you have a problem with that your fight is with the commercial fishermen not us!!!
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Old 12-23-2008, 08:53 PM   #17
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Capt. Kim you are way of base thinking bowfishermen don't care what happens to the gator gar ,we are one of the only groups that care at all.They are our greatest trophies,people come from all over the counrty for a chance at one.
The bowfishermen know TP&W don't care what we think and we are worried that when they do change the regulations they will do away with our right to take them.
I'm sure you are one of the gass guys and it is really sorry for fellow sportsmen to try and stop other sportsmen from doing what they love!!!
the bowfishermen don't make money off the gar if you have a problem with that your fight is with the commercial fishermen not us!!!
I'll tell you what I am. I am a native Texan alligator gar fisherman. I did not target bowfishermen in my post, I targeted Texas Two Guns who encourages readers to sign a petition that opposes regulation of the recreational harvest of alligator gar. I saw his avatar and deduced that he is a bowfishing guide...who gets paid for killing alligator gar.

Somebody correct me if I am wrong.

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Old 12-24-2008, 08:38 AM   #18
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Old 12-24-2008, 11:18 AM   #19
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Goldfish Controlled Harvest is the thing to do.

How old is a 100-150# A-gar? I would guess 15-40 years. Killing these is like cutting down Big oak trees around your house. Once you cut them down there not going to grow back much in your life time.
Not to say you can't harvest some but controll is the key.
I fish Billfish out of Port Aransas we relaese almost 98% of our billfish now days. It is the thing to do if care for our children to enjoy what we have now.
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if you think about it if a gar only gains 10 pounds a year a 100 # would be ten years old ,but the thing is we really don't know how old they are,is has a lot to do with how much they have to eat and down here it's unlimited supply of buffalo and catfish.but what you have to relize is what a small number of people bowfish and rod and reel fish for them.
TP&W estimated 400 people bowfish,I think that is a little low but whatever then out of those people most of them don't shoot a single gator gar all year.
if you think about just the trinity river it's 20-40 foot deep and a couple of hundred miles long there are thousands of gator gar in just that river,
Capt matt you said you release 98% of your bill fish but what about the number you release that die,you know it is more than you want to admit.
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