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snagging fish

Uploaded on August 17, 2009

What is your opinion on trying to snag fish to catch them?

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from stick500 wrote 4 years 33 weeks ago

I think by most accounts it's not only unethical, but illegal in most states to catch gamefish that way. On the other hand, many have found good sport in snagging rough fish such as carp. I've done it myself at early ice-out below dams and it was fun, but you lose a lot of tackle if the boottom is rocky. I used big trebles with the lead weight built into the hook.

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from jtboles wrote 4 years 33 weeks ago

I think you had better have a big pole if you are looking to go snagging. In colorado we have a snagging season for salmon and year after year we see people lining the shores to try to get something. I wouldbe all for going snagging and such if I had the equipment for it.

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from 7Derrick wrote 4 years 32 weeks ago

yes there is such a different technique for snagging than bait fishing. In most provinces of Canada it is also illegal. Question to jtboles, is your snagging season for salmon after the normal fishing season? Just curious.

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from boof wrote 4 years 31 weeks ago

In South Dakota we have a paddlefishing season on the Missouri River and the only way to catch them is by snagging. It is a lot of fun and a nice break from traditional fishing. It feels like hunting almost when you hook into one.

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from Hunt_Hard wrote 4 years 31 weeks ago

In NW Montana the Salmon run up our small stream by the thousands and that is the only way to catch them. It is tons of fun. I have no problem with snagging if permitted.

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from Ozarktroutfisher wrote 3 years 27 weeks ago

Snagging is a sticky issue. It's a tradition in the Ozarks for suckers and other rough fish, and is perfectly legal for those species. But what bothers me is paddlefish snagging. Paddlefish are a rare species, and yet Missouri still allows them to be snagged during a set season. They are a long-living fish, and the people around here go out and stick them full of treble hooks and yank them out of the water on saltwater gear, so they can show their buddies. It's carnage, and I can't approve of that.

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from Sayfu wrote 3 years 26 weeks ago

Yep Ozark, it does depend on where, and why. On our great SF of the Snake that brings fly anglers from all over the globe, we have a number of major irrigation diversions that suck in lots of trout every year. When the irrigation water is shut off, these big ditches dry up, and that is happening right now. There will be an article in the paper to bring your pitch forks, and harvest the trout before the canal is totally dry. Fine, I just don't like the ethics forwarded, but that's how it is. The fish will die anyway, and it can not be prevented. How about "Lining" fish? Using a legal bait on the end, and then having the leader go through the mouth of the fish as he opens, and closes his mouth to breathe? Then the hook is pulled into the side of the mouth, outside the mouth usually although it can get pulled into the inside as well. It is a very effective method when fish are schooled up.

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from Ozarktroutfisher wrote 3 years 27 weeks ago

Snagging is a sticky issue. It's a tradition in the Ozarks for suckers and other rough fish, and is perfectly legal for those species. But what bothers me is paddlefish snagging. Paddlefish are a rare species, and yet Missouri still allows them to be snagged during a set season. They are a long-living fish, and the people around here go out and stick them full of treble hooks and yank them out of the water on saltwater gear, so they can show their buddies. It's carnage, and I can't approve of that.

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from stick500 wrote 4 years 33 weeks ago

I think by most accounts it's not only unethical, but illegal in most states to catch gamefish that way. On the other hand, many have found good sport in snagging rough fish such as carp. I've done it myself at early ice-out below dams and it was fun, but you lose a lot of tackle if the boottom is rocky. I used big trebles with the lead weight built into the hook.

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from jtboles wrote 4 years 33 weeks ago

I think you had better have a big pole if you are looking to go snagging. In colorado we have a snagging season for salmon and year after year we see people lining the shores to try to get something. I wouldbe all for going snagging and such if I had the equipment for it.

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from 7Derrick wrote 4 years 32 weeks ago

yes there is such a different technique for snagging than bait fishing. In most provinces of Canada it is also illegal. Question to jtboles, is your snagging season for salmon after the normal fishing season? Just curious.

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from boof wrote 4 years 31 weeks ago

In South Dakota we have a paddlefishing season on the Missouri River and the only way to catch them is by snagging. It is a lot of fun and a nice break from traditional fishing. It feels like hunting almost when you hook into one.

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from Hunt_Hard wrote 4 years 31 weeks ago

In NW Montana the Salmon run up our small stream by the thousands and that is the only way to catch them. It is tons of fun. I have no problem with snagging if permitted.

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from Sayfu wrote 3 years 26 weeks ago

Yep Ozark, it does depend on where, and why. On our great SF of the Snake that brings fly anglers from all over the globe, we have a number of major irrigation diversions that suck in lots of trout every year. When the irrigation water is shut off, these big ditches dry up, and that is happening right now. There will be an article in the paper to bring your pitch forks, and harvest the trout before the canal is totally dry. Fine, I just don't like the ethics forwarded, but that's how it is. The fish will die anyway, and it can not be prevented. How about "Lining" fish? Using a legal bait on the end, and then having the leader go through the mouth of the fish as he opens, and closes his mouth to breathe? Then the hook is pulled into the side of the mouth, outside the mouth usually although it can get pulled into the inside as well. It is a very effective method when fish are schooled up.

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