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Posted by Springmillvol
4/11/2018 9:56 AM
Just curious about the boards opinion of plucking them off beds? I haven’t done it much but seldom fish in tourneys. Have there been any studies to determine if it hurts the population any. I don’t judge anyone for how they catch fish but something about it just doesn’t feel right to me. Then again, I’m all about catching them on the way in or out so that may have the same effect.

Edited by Springmillvol 4/11/2018 10:03 AM
Posted by Oldman
4/11/2018 10:32 AM
not me
Posted by Volfish
4/11/2018 11:11 AM
No way.
Posted by RRB32
4/11/2018 12:01 PM
There have been a lot of studies that have concluded that bed fishing has no significant impact on bass populations. If bed fishing was to be the demise of a fishery, then we should have seen that way before now across the country. That being said, I don't judge people on how they fish if its legal. They can make their own decision on what the believe they should do, that's why we live in this great country. Personally, I will attempt to bed fish if I come across one but the majority of the time I'm catching them blind as I don't go searching for beds. I don't tournament fish so all my fish are released in the same area.

Edited by RRB32 4/11/2018 12:08 PM
Posted by Kman
4/11/2018 12:35 PM
I don't target bed fish, but I see a 10 lber on a bed it may be hard to pass up.
Of course it would be quickly released after a few pictures
Posted by jb366
4/11/2018 12:55 PM
Pulling the females off beds isn't really a problem. Release them there and they'll go back to where there were, haul them in to weigh in and they'll find a new spot to do the deed. Either way, eggs are dropped. Pulling the males off beds after eggs have been dropped is what has the potential to hurt. If you pull those males off while they are guarding eggs or fry it only takes a few minutes before there's nothing left.

I won't bed fish if I'm just out there for fun, but I will in a tournament if I need to
Posted by hoop235
4/11/2018 1:02 PM
I personally don't do it because I'm not very good at it but I don't have a problem with others who do. Like was said earlier as long as it's legal then each person to their own decision.
When I was a marshal with the Elite series at the Guntersville tournament a couple of years ago, I liked the rule they had about the hook must be inside the mouth in order for it to be a legal catch when bed/sight fishing.
Posted by Springmillvol
4/11/2018 1:06 PM
hoop235 - 4/11/2018 1:02 PM

I personally don't do it because I'm not very good at it but I don't have a problem with others who do. Like was said earlier as long as it's legal then each person to their own decision.
When I was a marshal with the Elite series at the Guntersville tournament a couple of years ago, I liked the rule they had about the hook must be inside the mouth in order for it to be a legal catch when bed/sight fishing.


Definitely agree with that rule as well. I assume this was to prevent anyone from snaring fish?
Posted by jb366
4/11/2018 1:59 PM
Springmillvol - 4/11/2018 1:06 PM

hoop235 - 4/11/2018 1:02 PM

I personally don't do it because I'm not very good at it but I don't have a problem with others who do. Like was said earlier as long as it's legal then each person to their own decision.
When I was a marshal with the Elite series at the Guntersville tournament a couple of years ago, I liked the rule they had about the hook must be inside the mouth in order for it to be a legal catch when bed/sight fishing.


Definitely agree with that rule as well. I assume this was to prevent anyone from snaring fish?


Yes. Sometimes they just won't bite or inhale and spit the bait so fast you can't react. Last year on conroe I think it was Evers that sat on a bedded fish for 2 hours and never caught it. A big baitless wide gap could have ended that.
Posted by fishinvol
4/12/2018 1:30 AM
Nope . Just not fun to me .
Posted by rusty50576
4/12/2018 3:11 PM
I have only successfully done it in ponds and shallow rivers and to me, it's not nearly as fun as catching a hungry bass. I don't think you can harm a bass population with rod and reel, so I have no problem with people bed fishing. I just don't enjoy it

Edited by rusty50576 4/12/2018 3:12 PM
Posted by elwestb
4/12/2018 8:07 PM
No!
Posted by FishingwithRusty
4/13/2018 12:17 PM
this time of year if youre fishing 10' or less(depending on water clarity and species) youre catching fish in some stage of the spawning process. smokem if you got em
Posted by Old Astro Man
4/13/2018 1:44 PM
I catch fish in bedding areas, but I don't sight fish
Posted by Blue76
4/13/2018 2:10 PM
Old Astro Man - 4/13/2018 1:44 PM I catch fish in bedding areas, but I don't sight fish
Same here... I caught a 5lber off a big stump in muddy water yesterday that "might" have been on bed or getting ready to.....
Posted by rusty50576
4/13/2018 3:00 PM
Blue76 - 4/13/2018 3:10 PM

Old Astro Man - 4/13/2018 1:44 PM I catch fish in bedding areas, but I don't sight fish
Same here... I caught a 5lber off a big stump in muddy water yesterday that "might" have been on bed or getting ready to.....


Nice fish!
Posted by swamp
4/13/2018 3:12 PM
tching a hungry bass. I don't think you can harm a bass population with rod and reel, so I have no problem with people bed fishing
That was probably true at one point in time but now i'm not so sure, with the numbers of people fishing.
Posted by Blazer09
4/13/2018 9:35 PM
I will catch them anyway I can legal
Posted by Dirtroadhound
4/14/2018 7:48 AM
I do, but usually end up wasting 3 hours on a fish and then troll off and then the next boat to pull in catches it on the first cast.
Posted by SPOONMINNOW
4/16/2018 6:56 AM

I'll fish areas where fish bed, but not target any bass guarding a nest. Usually during the spawn you have shallow bass hanging out waiting to spawn. I only cast topwater lures to watch bass form a wake as it darts forth to slam my lure - usually 10' of more away. No bass would go that far from the nest and make that viscous and attack. Not all bass spawn at the same time in any one water and I target pre-spawners (post spawn bass not in the mood to do anything but recuperate.)

I don't know if catching and releasing a fish off the bed hurts the fishery, but I respect the vulnerability of fish on the nest and don't feel that it's sporting. Tried it once, caught a 3lb bass and then never again - and that was over 35 years ago.

 

(note: the highlighted area was me quoting myself from Chrome where hypertext isn't allowed.)



Edited by SPOONMINNOW 4/16/2018 6:57 AM
Posted by RRB32
4/16/2018 9:48 AM
I'll fish a bedding fish if I come across one but I'm not sitting there for several hours on one.. I don't have the patience for that, I'll move on to greener pastures pretty quick.
Posted by Innaaa
4/16/2018 11:04 PM
Same here. I have no problem with someone keeping a legally caught fish. Nature has a natural balance but smaller bodies of water most often need angler help to keep from getting out of wack.
Posted by finbully
4/19/2018 10:52 AM
I’ve bed fished but it is not one of my go-to fun ways of fishing. If I happen to catch a fish on a bed I immediately release it in the same spot. I don’t have any reason to take a fish out of it’s spot from where I found since tournament fishing is not something I’m interested in.
Posted by Crankinken
4/19/2018 7:08 PM
I don’t actively search for them. If I catch one on a bed I’ll immediately release unless in a tourney. Otherwise, don’t really have the patience for it.
Posted by occasionalfisher
4/19/2018 8:10 PM
It is not my favorite way to fish, but I have done it and will do it in a tournament. I learned years ago I can see them pretty well, and from time to time I can get them to hit, but most of the time I spend too much time on a fish and still do not catch it.
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