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Old 06-22-2016, 09:01 AM   #1
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Battle on the trinity

Bow fishing tournament on the Trinity river, if you have a facebook and are interested please click on the link below and join the event..
For those of you that don't have a facebook the registration will be help at the highway 59 boat ramp on the trinity river in Shepard, TX. Registration will be from 5-6am tournament will be from 7am-7pm and the weigh in will be from 8-9pm.
Entry fee will be $100 a boat for a 3 man team.
2 spots will be paid out evenly from the pot.
1.) heaviest gator gar sack (maximum of 3)
2.) most fish weighed in (can weigh in any fish that's legal to take with a bow)
This will be a trailered event, after registration you can go launch anywhere you want as long as it is on the trinity river.
Thanks guys!!

http://www.facebook.com/events/1910006962559658/

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Old 07-06-2016, 01:14 PM   #2
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I recall much sentiment about preserving the gator gar. The legal limit is one per angler. Now, I see a 3-limit bag for weigh in for bow fishing tournament, so I would hope that each angler will retire their bow when they have killed their gator gar.

Isn't there something basically wrong with a bow fishing tournament for gator gar?


Tournament frenzy aside, should anglers harvest that many gator gars? Bow fishing also is permanent kill, whereas hook and line fishing leaves an option to return the fish alive. Also, I would hope that no guides should be allowed to shoot and add their gar to the bag limit.

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Old 07-12-2016, 09:24 AM   #3
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GatorGar in the Trinity river

Last time I was on the Trinity River night fishing I saw a ton of GatorGar.
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Old 07-12-2016, 12:52 PM   #4
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Last time I was on the Trinity River night fishing I saw a ton of GatorGar.
Next door neighbor's 5 year old son is fascinated with gator gar. He has learned to I.D. them in books and loves fishing videos on YouTube with gator gar. In which general area do you see them? PM me if you don't want everybody to know. I want to take the boy, so he can see them live. Thanks!
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Old 08-12-2016, 01:21 PM   #5
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Bob, they are all up and down the Trinity from the bay (and in the bay) all the way up to near Dallas. Your best bet is to get on when it is coming up from a rain. Just drift down until you see one surfacing. Tie up in that spot and wait. It will surface again in the general area, possibly right near the boat. You have to be quite, once they know you are there they will quit coming up. Could be a needle nose too, so you have to hunt for them. Do this and you will see that bowfishing for these fish are not as easy as some think.
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Old 08-12-2016, 01:40 PM   #6
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Now back to your first post. Yes you can take only one a day.
However, and speaking loosely and since you brought up a boat limit, what if
you are fishing for red fish or trout, do you stop at your limit? Does the captain not
put any fish in the boat?

I only ask because of what you mention. The limit is stated at 3 per boat, because the tournament probably allows a 4 man team, but it's typically only 3 men in a boat.
Sometimes it's 2 men, but they would be foolish to weigh in 2 gar with a 3 gar limit (legally that's all they can shoot). The stated limit is to keep things fair because most river boats won't safely handle 4 men and gear. Also, it is very unusual for a tournament team to be guided, it has happened, but unusual. If that happens then they would be held to the guide/boat bag limit.
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but how many gar get thrown back in the water with arrow holes in them i think is his point.

you and i both know each boat with kill dozens and "release" them illegally till they get the ones they want.
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but how many gar get thrown back in the water with arrow holes in them i think is his point.

you and i both know each boat with kill dozens and "release" them illegally till they get the ones they want.
Thanks, Sharkbait, you understood! Is it a tournament or a slaughter?
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Old 08-15-2016, 01:50 PM   #9
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I disagree. I'm not saying it doesn't ever happen, but most guys know, before they let the arrow fly, if it's a good one or not. Most smart guys know we are being watched and do our best to obey the law. That's not to say there aren't' some idiots around, but we are trying weed them out and educate them.
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Old 08-17-2016, 12:58 PM   #10
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If you don't believe shoot and release happens very often visit the Trinity River below the dam when the flow is right. Come late afternoon time the bow fishing rigs will start to show up. They will fish for a bit then when it starts to get dark the lights come on the bows come out.

The next morning there will be many dead needle nose gar, alligator gar, buffalo, carp, etc... on every bank.

All will have a hole in them.

It's not a one off, it's not "that guy". I have fished below that dam many years and I have witnessed it many times from many different boats.

I'm not arguing legality, or morality.

I am arguing reality.

Be honest.

Most bow fisherman do not keep what they shoot and utilize it by consuming the fish or giving it to some one that will. They simply do not and we all know that.

I think what a lot of bow fisherman don't understand is that most folks have no problem with bow fishing in and of itself.

What they have a problem with is not utilizing what you kill in legitimate way. You know consume it, mount it, give it to some one who will.
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