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Posted by JeffG on May 20, 1997 at 10:41:15:

In Reply to: Re: CATCH & RELEASE posted by Evan Patrick on May 19, 1997 at 17:58:24:

Evan, you have not "offended" me. But I am a strict advocate of catch and release. See by enforcing such a program, not only would the number of fish increase, but so would the size. By setting aside a stretch of the Hootch it would give fish that the state does stock a chance to grow, and maybe if we wish hard enough, to naturally produce.
I suggest that if you get a chance, read about or fish other tailwaters such as the White River AR, Little Red AR,North Branch Potomac MD, Savage River MD, and a whole bunch of others that has either set apart certain sections or put size limits into effect. Almost all the fisheries that have instituted such a program has taken good fisheries and made them into fantastic fisheries.
The hootch could become a famous fishery(for better or worse) with more stocking of fingerlings(under 8 inches), a catch and release area, trying to control the run-off from so much development, and the enforcement of the creel limits......
that's my two cents.

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