So i thought i would share this - I'm not a huge cat fisher but do occasionally go after them. Debated on posting this... but it is such a beautiful cat i finally decided I had to.
I was free-lining w/ live minnows for sandbass, bass, and catfish... and snagged an illegal throwline with this fish on it
1) had no gear tag (on any of the three lines we eventually found during this drift)
2) had sunfish & small bass live hooked - sunfish are fine... the bass ticked me off...
3) 6 hooks per line
4) this is subjective - but seems it was purposefully hidden using wire on land and transitioning to standard jug/trowline 2-4ft under water.
Whomever set these up drilled holes in the cliff cracks to anchor their wire - and hid those as well.
Though some will object - given the above and the fact that we found these completely by chance. I released all fish that were on them, took off all bait, & snipped all hooks. I also reported it. I get pissed when people don't follow the rules that are there so that everyone can enjoy a decent fishery. And even more so when they appear to KNOW they are breaking the rules.
I couldn't resist taking a picture with this fish once i got the hook out of him though. Biggest flathead & one of the healthiest i've ever dealt with to date. ~40 inches.