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Old 01-01-2019, 05:23 AM
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I've got neighbor who has taken up gill netting in the canal I live in. I'm not sure how long he's been at it but he's been going every night lately. He's retired and has a 30 or so year old son. I've never in my years here seen someone s#%t where they eat here before,have seen netters from elsewhere but never a canal resident. The irony is I gave him a trout lure about 3 weeks ago to try. I'll be calling marine fisheries tomorrow to find out whether he's legal. Any other thoughts?
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Old 01-01-2019, 06:00 AM
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Sounds like the right path. Good Luck.
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Old 01-01-2019, 07:10 AM
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Sounds like you still have to live around this guy (neighbor), so I'd do whatever you do in a way that doesn't make an enemy. Legal or not, he's not going to be happy with an inquiry from DMF and if he figures out where that inquiry started I would expect some tension/ friction between you all.
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Old 01-01-2019, 07:58 AM
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Fortunately, it seldom gets to the extreme but in my state, F&G can confiscate anything used to support poaching. Including gear, vehicles, processing and storage equipment and structures.

I have known people who have had their trucks and freezers seized but so far, no residences.
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Old 01-01-2019, 08:07 AM
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I would guess he has a commercial license, although I hope not. I've just heard tales of netters going over limits,off loading catches and going back. In the last 2 weeks keeper trout have been extremely hard to find for me. 4 to 5lb fish were common before this situation. One 2 day period I let go 40 to 50 4 to 6lb fish. How sad after release of these big girls! If they don't grunt let her go.
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Old 01-01-2019, 08:12 AM
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Got to be NC!
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Wow this is so messed up in so many ways.
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Got to be NC!
that's right
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Old 01-01-2019, 08:44 AM
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What are the color of his floats at the ends of the net, not along the net?
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It's at night. Can't tell.
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Further investigation upcoming.
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Sorry, The reality is, that the nets inshore are indiscriminate to size and species!!!!!! Nets kill alot of Juvenal species.. they never grow to mate and reproduce.

Estuaries are our nursery for the food chain...
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Just love it when I see all the net boats from northern counties heading to Wilmington area boat ramps. They know where your trout holes are and nets sure make catching easy for the out of towners. Not so great for the locals.

Sure wish I could return the favor.
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“One 2 day period I let go 40 to 50 4 to 6lb fish.”

I just want to fish where you are if you are releasing that many 4-6lb trout… I’ve trout fished a long long time and 5-6lb trout just don’t come in droves like that around here…
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Originally Posted by redjonesbrother View Post
“One 2 day period I let go 40 to 50 4 to 6lb fish.”

I just want to fish where you are if you are releasing that many 4-6lb trout… I’ve trout fished a long long time and 5-6lb trout just don’t come in droves like that around here…
I was going to ask where the creek was so I can do surveillance on the Gillnetter. I’ve never caught that many 4-6 lb in the last 15 years around Mhc. 2-4 Lbrs, yea, a 5 lbs bout like a unicorn round here. This worse year I’ve ever seen hands down and we all know it’s not due to a net.
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Pic from last year. I don't keep those anymore.
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Pic from last year. I don't keep those anymore.
and? That’s still not 40-50 4-6lb trout in a 2 day period. Sir you lost a lot of credibility with that statement with people who know what it takes to catch citation trout on a steady basis. Sorry but that’s just the facts!
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