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Sandy & I fished most of the yesterday before the winds changed and caught plenty Black's in the 14-18" range. Around 2:00PM Sandy caught a really nice Black. (23.5" - 6.5 lbs.) I think it would have weighed another 2-3 lbs. if it hadn't already spawned. And if you're wondering what she caught it on, 3" live minnow & a cork set 3.5' deep, that's all Sandy will fish with and she always out fishes me. She hooked another one about 7:00PM as big maybe a little larger, but lost it  :( just as I was about to net it.
Does anyone know where to buy minnow around Lake Austin??

Good Day on Lake Austin......except for all the Jet Ski's, haha!!
 

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Here we go is right -

Geez, Kid...54 makes no mention of keeping or killing, so maybe a second read would be in order.  Your spelling and grammar critique, wacky worm expertise, and now apparently being ABF's new LMB mortality monitor are most assuredly appreciated, as would be a productive and/or helpful post.  You may want to refer to some of Ranger_77's or RudeH2O's recent posts, among others, for guidance.  

Hope my spelling and grammar meet or exceed your expectations.
 

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1C0D3C2F2C2C4E0 said:
Read it 4 times, cant see anything that mentions a dead, dying, mortally wounded, limping, or even a band aid on a fish.

Congrats on the catch
He edited it and removed the pictures of the fish laying on a fillet block on the counter. :-/

Sure keep fish to eat! But not a spawned out 6.5 pounder! Let that girl swim. Just my opinion!
 

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I saw the pics and the bottom line is it's not against the law. If he wants to keep 15lb LMB, He can. I myself do not keep any bass unless I am on a slot lake and some fish need to be kept.


It is his right to keep that fish if he wants to, But it's not your right to get on hear and B#$^H at him for it, Just remember we can all get kicked off the site.


Chris


P.S. 54 put the pics of your fish back up, Don't let him make you feel bad.


P.S.S. I know I can't spell so save it for someone else if you see anything wrong with my post because I don't give a damn (It wont even let us say D#@N? ;D).
 

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Thanks Chris, and to everyone else who might understand any of the reasons a person might want to retain a fish like the one my wife caught this week. This kind of got me down but I still believe in this Forum, and I believe it's purpose is to be able to give other avid fisherman a place to pick-up useful information about pursuing our quest of feeling more pulls on the other end of our lines, and to also do a little Bragging by Posting a picture every once in a while.

I personally, have released many bass larger than this one, but in her 35 years of fishing with me, Ms Sandy had never caught a bass of this size, and I wanted her to take the fish home where we could take some pictures and show the kids and neighbors her catch.

Now as far as you people go who want to sit around and point fingers and hold your noses just a little higher than the rest of us do, when we are also encountering things on a daily basis we also may not agree with, I'm SORRY, but most of the time I try to take a good look in the mirror to make sure that my own house is in order before I go bringing other peoples faults to light.

In the Grand scheme of it all, I don't believe I effected the overall bass population in Lake Austin that drastically. But I will offer this, in the future I will try to remember and take a camera along so that we can have the pictures to do our Bragging with.
I hope most of you understand.
 

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I never keep any LMB but the way i see it it is your right. Besides i feel that fishing is also about the enjoyment we get when we catch a nice fish so more power to you taking your wife's fish home to brag a little. My 2 cents
 

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If you couldn't keep them and didn't somehow help the population there would be a slot or lower limit... I don't keep them just because I don't catch them often at least not big ones.... Also, for whatever reason I was taught to always release them... but doesn't mean you can't and or shouldn't keep them. Our reservoirs are very healthy and you keeping the wifes trophy isn't gonna kill the populations... What about big deer or big turkeys or anything else sportsmen do.... whatever.... be proud of your catch..... congrats!
 

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It's quite simple.

Buy a license and do as you please within the law.

catch it, eat it, release it, etc... do as you wish.

I repeat... Catch it, eat it, release it, etc... do as you wish.

kp
 

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I too catch and release LMB, except every now and then when I go out at night and see a family of 4 or so out there fishing under the bridge for what I know will be dinner for them. So I will usually keep a couple 14-16" fish for them if i catch any. But i wont keep a fish much over 3lbs for them bc im all freaked out about the waters and the possibility of toxins in the older fish. I mean check out the lesion on the big gal i caught on friday night from my other post. wont find me eating that meat.

just my $0.02
 

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I'd like to see a picture of your fish. And hey, the whole point of our species catching fish for the last bazillion years was to eat them. If you are legal, and the fish is legal, than more power to you buddy, dig in and enjoy. There is something extra tasty about eating a fish that you personally caught, why take that pleasure away from Sandy?

My dad really likes black bass, it's his favorite fish to eat. I prefer crappie and bream myself, but like Robert said, to each their own.
 

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The concept of catch and release is what has made it possible for bass to be a renewable resource. If you stop and think about how many 7+ lb fish have been posted on this site alone, and then think if none of those fish had been returned to the water, what kind of fishery would Lake Austin be right now? The merits of catch and release are undeniable. So I encourage people to practice catch and release. And when introducing people that are new to bass fishing to the sport we love, I try to help them understand why it is important. The satisfaction of watching a new angler release a trophy fish, while their hands are still trembling from the adenalin rush of catching a new personal best, is much greater than the alternative. So while it is NOT our place to cast judgement upon someone if they are experienced anglers familiar with C&R, and still choose to harvest a fish, it IS our duty to help promote C&R in a *positive* light and share that concept with new anglers. So rocketkid, it sounds like your heart may be in the right place, you just need to rethink your approach. ;D
 

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Sorry I haven't responded, I've been away for a couple of days but I wanted to make one last response to this Post,

FishGod,
I agree with your concept completely, and I have and will continue to practice Catch & Release for LMB.

There is one thing I wanted to state though before I close this Post, and this is directed to all members and visitors who read the post on this forum. I believe I feel the same as a large group of Bass fisherman in this area, who probably practice C&R 99% of the time. For the other 1% of our experiences, I believe that we have all, sometime or the other, retained a fish for any of a number of reasons which per state law we have the right to do. The opinions of some who monitor the post on this forum, are that most of us are reversing these percentages therefore retaining 99 and releasing 1, and again I think I speak for most Bass fisherman in stating that this is NOT TRUE! If not, this is the tone left in some of the comments they post. For the ones of you who still believe that most of us Bass fisherman are not practicing C&R 99% of the time, I challenge you to spend some time at any of the area lakes monitoring our catches & releases and talking to us personally, before you Cast the next stone in words.
 
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