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Posted by Capt. Harlan Trammell on August 08, 1997 at 10:29:40:

In Reply to: Re: CATCH & RELEASE posted by Tim on July 22, 1997 at 16:55:54:

> > To keep this discussion on a Catch & Release area on the 'Hooch going, I offer the following quote from a fisheries biologist from Arkansas on the value of C&R areas: "Our spring and summer electro-fishing samples in 1995 showed a five- to ten-fold INCREASE in the number of rainbow trout over sixteen inches in the catch & release zones. They(C&R zones)are really making a big difference" Wake up Georgia DNR!!

> I could not agree with you more, and this should not be
> limited to the Chattahoochie. There are several streams
> throughout North GA that contain only wild stocks - no
> new stockings in several years. These are obviously high
> quality steams, able to sustain some trout population with
> our state's current regulations. Put and take fishiing for stockers
> is one thing, but there is no reason to allow a creel limit of 8
> trout on these wild steams. The state should rethink the regulations
> for all of our wild trout steams, making them artificial only, catch and
> release. The quality of the fishery would greatly improve in both numbers
> and size of fish. Is this not the goal of most sport fishermen?
i am no purist by any means but it does seem a bit excessive to see someone come stumbling out of jack's river with 8 five inch rainbows.

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