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Old 10-29-2012, 08:30 AM
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TFWC APPROVES FISHING 2013-14
REGULATIONS AT OCTOBER MEETING

by Lee Wilmot, TWRA

The Tennessee Fish and Wildlife Commission approved the 2013-14 fishing regulations at its October meeting which concluded Friday afternoon and was held near Reelfoot State Park.

Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency officials made the original recommendations at the TFWC’s August meeting in Nashville.

Next year’s regulations changes include umbrella/Alabama rigs, skipjack herring, wild trout streams, walleye on Cherokee Reservoir, and bass on Pickwick, Parksville and Cordell Hull reservoirs. Other new regulations limit the number of commercial fishing permits and define waters within certain wildlife management areas open to commercial fishing.

One of the most discussed topics this past year concerned Alabama rigs (fishing lures). Regulations surrounding multi-lure arrays created much confusion among anglers and TWRA staff this past year.

“The 3-hook changes is much simpler to interpret and offers a compromise between anglers that wish to fish five hooks with those that feel only one hook should be used on multi-lure arrays,” said Bobby Wilson, TWRA Chief of Fisheries Division.

Single point, double point, and treble (3 points) hooks would each be counted as one hook. Sabiki type rigs will be permitted. A sabiki type rig is typically used to catch bait fish.

A new regulation is a first-ever creel limit on skipjack herring of 100 per day (200 possession limit). Skipjack are a popular baitfish. There is growing concern among biologists and anglers that this practice should be limited to prevent overfishing.

The regulations become effective March 1, 2013.
The Fisheries Division also presented a pair of annual awards. Rick Bivens was named as the 2012 Fisheries Biologist of the Year. He joined the TWRA in 1980 and works as a Wildlife Manager III in Region IV. Jeff Sanders, an employee at the Flintville Hatchery in Region II for the past 25 years, was named the Fisheries Technician of the Year.
Ray Garton, who was named the TWRA’s Wildlife Officer of the Year for the Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (SEAFWA), was introduced to the commission. Garton serves as a wildlife officer in Region I and was also honored at the annual SEAFWA meeting earlier this month in Arkansas.

The TFWC will hold its next meeting Nov. 30 in Nashville at TWRA’s Region II Ray Bell Building.
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Old 10-29-2012, 08:35 AM
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A question posted to clear up the A-Rig change:

"So does this mean TN still only allows 3 baits on a rig but those baits can have multiple hooks? Or are we going to the full A-rig?"

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"you will be allowed to have up to three hooks (just like before) but the other two previously empty arms can also have lures on them but without hooks---two decoys if you want to look at it that way or dummy baits."

Based on this after March 1st 2013 for those who fish these rigs can use the 3 arm or 5 arm as long as you comply with the whole rig having only 3 hooks total.
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Old 10-30-2012, 10:55 AM
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The new regs on Cordell Hull will be changed to:

Largemouth bass 16"-21" slot, 3 fish under and 2 fish over.
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Old 10-30-2012, 04:39 PM
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Great post, thanks for the info travis!
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I'm happy they're cracking down on the skipjack.
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Old 10-31-2012, 06:09 AM
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i better get rid of my bama rig before i move there!
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I'm happy they're cracking down on the skipjack.
Why?

On a recent trip to Lake Wilson, we caught probably 50 of those things. Are their numbers supposed to be dwindling?
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Old 10-31-2012, 06:46 AM
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i better get rid of my bama rig before i move there!
You can still use it as long as it complys with what they are calling "hooks" in the new reg.

Example for a 5 arm A-Rig: three arms with big hammer swimbaits and the other two arms can have big hammers just no hook point. Cut a few jigs off smooth with the bait body for "dummy baits" and you good to go.
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Old 10-31-2012, 06:50 AM
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Why?

On a recent trip to Lake Wilson, we caught probably 50 of those things. Are their numbers supposed to be dwindling?
They are doing it to curb a recent trend. People from out of state are coming in and literally loading the truck over a course of the weekend to sell out of state. A lot of states outside of here in the south don't have skipjack herring and are more than willing to pay by the pound for them as bait.

I know it sounds crazy to think there is a regulation for this given what we think their numbers are in the water but if nothing is done proactively on this it could pose problems going forward. Skippies are an important food base in our waters.
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