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  1. dantesinferno18

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    Just wondering if any of you guys like to fishing at all. I'm in Minnesota and love to spend days fishing in the summer, curious to see where you guys fish.
     
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    Not huge into fishing even though I'm also from MN. That said, I do enjoy nature and occasionally fish. My wife's family owns a fishing resort in west central MN, Ottertail county near Battle Lake/Fergus Falls. So I usually fish there in the summer and I have gone up to Lake of the Woods to fish with my father's extended family. They go up to the lake by Morson Ontario each year and rent out houseboats. I haven't attended in the past couple of years and will probably start going once my oldest son gets to 10 yrs of age.
     
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    I don't like venturing into the "great outdoors" very much, being from the city. But I do enjoy fishing. That is about as close as I get to most of the redneck types that I am surrounded by where I live. Unfortunately I don't get to go for fish like Muskies or anything like that...although I would like to do that some day. I usually go for largemouth bass, but if I am at a larger lake I go for crappie because they are some of the best tasting fish that I have around me (second only to sauger).
     
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  4. antgun007

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    I love fishing off the pier during the summer. All my cousins will go out and catch so many fish, bring them home and make fish soup. So good!

    Other occasions, couple of my uncles and I will go out on the local half day or full day boat fishing tours. it cost around 40 per person, but all the fish you catch is cleaned by the crew which is nice. I don't know names of the fish we caught, but they were pretty big and very fun to catch. I remember someone spent like 45 minutes to catch a shark. they released it back. I never found out why, I always assumed it was illegal to keep it.
     
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  5. Larrysümmers

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    oh yes right here. best sport ever. cast your line, open a brew and wait for a tug.
     
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  6. neillis

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    Maybe depends on what type of shark or what time of day. I know that in Florida (at least in Panama City), pier fishing for sharks is only legal after dusk.
     
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    That's weird. I wonder why?
     
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    Live in Florida - travel to Lake Winnibigosh every summer. Love it!


    Fish the Keys, my neighborhood ponds....

    Grew up fishing on Chesapeake Bay....
     
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    Love fishing, do it often. On weekends when I'm not at tournaments I usually go with my dad.
     
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    I think fishing is cruel. Yanking a sharp hook through a fish's mouth and lots of times they swallow it and it ends up in their gut. And then tugging it through the water while it's freaking out wondering what the heck is going on. Even if you release them, the stress on them from the fight and everything probably gets them ill and they die soon afterwards.

    Fish are very sensitive to their environment and die easily when things change. I would much rather see people catch them in a net than with line, hook and reel. Call me a nature-wuss...I couldnt' care less. JMO. I used to fish all the time when I was young, but looking back now, some of it was very cruel.
     
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  12. dantesinferno18

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    Fish don't feel pain like ppl do, instead of a painful sensation they feel it more like there is something that is wrong, kind if like a warning device.
     
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    How could u possible know what a fish feels????
     
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    Dad surf fished 4 nites a week when I was a wee lad, so I built huge bonfires out of all the old cyprus trees along the highway just up from the beach. I'd pull them down to the sand, pile them up 5' high, 20' across, and light them up.
    Spent 2 summers as a deckhand on a commercial salmon boat, a steel 50'er, plying the waters between HalfMoonBay and W to 50 miles past the FaralloneIslands. We have the first recorded CoastGuard sighting of the trash island floating about 70 miles W of the Farallones in 1974. It had it's own fog bank, was about a mile across THEN, and easily 5' high piled with shore debris and some very big eyes. Now it's the size of Texas and located farther W and S.
     
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    I agree those are better, but unless I'm fishing for a meal and my fridge is empty, I am not going to torturing some poor for no reason other than my own amusement. I am one of those nutty people that believe all living creatures have a right to live their lives with me ending it for them.
     
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  17. SuperDuy

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    Live in a province with 100 000 lakes but I dont like to fish.,
     
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  18. SuperDuy

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    It is like an island of trash in the middle of the ocean?
     
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    I heard Ice fishing is almost as fun as tennis.
     
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    Are you kidding? I hate ice fishing it is so boring, gotta get a ice auger and drill a hole in the ice and put the line through, Then wait and wait and wait for a fish to swim by and see it. Plus where I live its freezing cold in winter.
     
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    Superduy... I left my # with DarrinBaker of Berkeley, but he never called to hit.
    Yea, that island of trash, once a tiny Gilligan'sIsland, now is the size of Texas floating around somewhere N of the HawaiinIsland chain.
    And end of summer last year, they sighted a NEW floating trash pile, off the coast of Chile, reputed to be the size of Oregon already, and was never reported until last year.
    Looks like there is plenty of open ocean that is not recorded, filmed, or passed over by airplanes or ships.
    Yes, NASA's satelites can sense those floating garbage piles, through their infrared heat sensors, but they have nothing to gain by reporting it to the local new media.
     
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  22. SuperDuy

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    Wow that is crazy, just goes to show that some people don't care what the affects of dumping garbage into the ocean does.
     
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    I enjoy fishing. I mostly fly fish in saltwater, and I have taught both casting and tying in the past. I actually prefer fishing over tennis, but it's much easier to find time to hit than it is the get away and fish. I try to play tennis about 5-8 hours per week, but I only fish about 10-15 days per year.

    Mike
     
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    I fish! used to be my passion before I found tennis. Im mainly channel catfish atm, but do go for panfish when with friends
     
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    (from the article)
    Of course fish don't feel pain in the exact same way that human's do! Neither does any other animal. Does that make it right to torture another creature just for your own amusement? You missed the whole point of the article. You can tell yourself whatever you want to justify fishing to yourself. But if you aren't doing it to put food on your plate, there is no way it's morally ok.

    "But there is mounting evidence that fish do feel pain. A team of marine biologists at Edinburgh's Roslin Institute make the case in a paper just published by the Royal Society, one of Britain's leading scientific institutes. Their experiments with rainbow trout prove the presence of pain receptors in fish, and show that fish undergoing a "potentially painful experience" react with "profound behavioral and physiological changes . . . over a prolonged period comparable to those observed in higher mammals."

    Other studies have demonstrated the agitated responses of fish to painful conditions, from rapid respiration to color changes to the secretion of stress hormones. Does this mean that a fish feels pain in just the way we do, or that its small brain can "understand" the painful event? No. It does mean that the ordeal of being hooked through the mouth, yanked at the end of a fishing line, and prevented from breathing each time its body leaves the water is intensely unpleasant and distressing. To put a fish through that ordeal in order to eat fresh fish is one thing. But to do it for fun?"

    But any sport that depends for its enjoyability on forcing an animal to fight for its life is wrong. Wrong for what it does to the fish. Even more wrong for what it does to the fisherman.
     
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    Both of those articles are completely opinionated, from most likely a raging liberal. If you don't like fishing good for you just don't try to rain on our parade.
     
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    I don't fish myself, but I think fishing is definitely acceptable morally if the fish is eaten after being caught.
     
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    That's why I personally fish. It's not like one can go to the local super market and pick up crappie. At least not around where I live.
     
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    Not trying to rain on anyone. Just don't make believe that fish aren't living creatures that don't feel anything. And how does fishing have anything to do with political views??? Conservative or Liberal definitions have nothing to do with fishing or hunting. It's a morality issue.

    Fishing for food is fine in my book, but I am just against torturing ANY living creature just for your own sport or amusement. It's just my opinion.
     
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    I don't agree with catching fish by net for rec purposes bc of so much by-catch and the best way to get fish is actually spearfishing bc then you only shot what you actually will eat.
     
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    Dante is making assumption, accurate more often than not, that the article's writer is liberal pertaining to political views - think probably GreenPeace, "tree hugger", etc.

    One side that not often discussed is the positive impact fishing has on local economies as well as the huge role fishermen play in overall preservation of "cleaning up the waterways" and fish protection.....
     
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    It won't be positive when there are no edible fish left in the oceans. There is research data that shows commercial fishing is removing fish from the ocean at a much greater rate then they are being replenished. That doesn't sound too positive.
     
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    If you are not a Fly cast fisherman, is it still viable to go fishing for Trouts.? Trouts are the only tasty fish out there and i fish with regular fishing rods.
     
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    Fedace,
    You can definitely catch trout on regular rods. You can use any of the various types of small spinner baits (Mepps makes good ones), and/or some kind of live bait like grasshoppers, worms etc.

    Mike
     
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    Where are the best or good Trout fishing areas ?? Salmon is the best but i dont' want to go all the way to Alaska.....:)
     
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    I fell out of a boat once fishing in the chesapeake bay near the tunnel. Not fun.... Ive been out since then tho. Havent been in a while. Maybe 6-7 years.
     
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    Tough debate.

    Some see fishing for non-dietary needs as a cruel sport.

    Others view it as a traditional human activity and maybe a necessary skill for survival in some desperate situation.

    I cannot see this being resolved easily. Same with hunting.
     
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    Perhaps so. However, I think the OP was speaking of recreational/rod n reel fishing.

    In that context "fishermen" do a great deal to support and grow fishery efforts.
     
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    I can't speak for the West Coast, but if you are ever in the northern Georgia area, pm me and I can take you to some spots.
     
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    The Japanese commercial fishing industry is pillaging the fish resources worldwide. They are really hurting the tuna throughout hte world an ddon't abide by the quotos that are imposed by a almost NATO like commitee that sets the quotos. Thay also harvest fish from the US and other nations territorial waters which in turns puts stricter quotos on US commercial fishermen.The Japs actually have hundreds of refrigerated warehouses of tuna as reserves same as countries do for oil for when the tuna population worldwide is wiped out they will have to sell.If I'm not mistaken the company Mitsubishi is responsible for it also. I'm no enviornmentalist by any means I'm actually a boat captain that relies on this resource for a paycheck but IMHO fishermen and hunters that get accused of killing animals and fish are the biggest stewards of the forests and oceans.
     
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    Does owning a pair of fisherman pants and going fishing once every blue moon qualify me as a fisherman?
     
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    "Accused" of killing animals and fish????

    Are they taking them alive?
     
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    I'm kind of with this; I like it, but finding time, etc., gets tough.
     
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    Typical response to pick a couple of words to make your point. Heck you don't even quote the whole sentence. So please do tell how you help promote sea life besides not eating fishsticks. I have personally done oyster reseeding bank programs, offshore artificial reef programs, volunteered with sea turtle rescue programs also. I believe that if i'm gonna use this resource the least I can do is give back to it and make it better for future generations.
     
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    Word^^^^^^
     
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