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#12533648 - 12/10/17 02:11 PM Fairfield Net Tilapai
PurpleFrogger Offline
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Registered: 05/18/13
Posts: 54

Happy holidays!

Does anyone know if it is still legal to cast net for Tilapia at Fairfield? I have a buddy that wants to go and he said it costs $4.00. Is he right?

I wonder what other regulations apply? Will he need a fishing license?

Thanks!

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#12533786 - 12/10/17 04:04 PM Re: Fairfield Net Tilapai [Re: PurpleFrogger]
SteezMacQueen Online   sleepy
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Registered: 11/02/14
Posts: 4836
Loc: Red Oak, Galveston, and Pagosa...
From what I see at Fairfield, I don't even think you have to be a legal resident of the United States ....much less a current fishing license owner. I've seen dudes out there with jet skis and sein nets. Lol.
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#12533791 - 12/10/17 04:07 PM Re: Fairfield Net Tilapai [Re: PurpleFrogger]
SteezMacQueen Online   sleepy
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Registered: 11/02/14
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Loc: Red Oak, Galveston, and Pagosa...
It's really fun when you see 10-12'of em in a 1973 fish and ski with a 50hp. The boat is barely staying above water. It's worth spot locking and watching for a while. That's for sure. It's like a Latin "deadliest catch".
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#12533834 - 12/10/17 04:56 PM Re: Fairfield Net Tilapai [Re: PurpleFrogger]
Canino Offline
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Registered: 06/27/06
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Loc: Mansfield
Yes, he will need a freshwater or all-water fishing license if he's 17 or older.

Yes, you can net them with a net 14 ft diameter or less. Make very sure you keep only nongame fish when castnetting. You don't want to get caught with a bass or a catfish that you caught in the net - throw those back right away.

TPWD has special regulations for Tilapia because they're an invasive species. If you possess them (you aren't throwing them back), they must be gutted immediately.

There is no length limit or possession limit, keep them all if you want.

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#12534013 - 12/10/17 08:04 PM Re: Fairfield Net Tilapai [Re: SteezMacQueen]
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Originally Posted By: SteezMacQueen
It's really fun when you see 10-12'of em in a 1973 fish and ski with a 50hp. The boat is barely staying above water. It's worth spot locking and watching for a while. That's for sure. It's like a Latin "deadliest catch".

This wins TFF tonight!! Hahaha I would love to see that!!

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#12534129 - 12/10/17 10:08 PM Re: Fairfield Net Tilapai [Re: Canino]
Bossbowman Offline
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Registered: 03/14/05
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Loc: Hill county
Originally Posted By: Canino
Yes, he will need a freshwater or all-water fishing license if he's 17 or older.

Yes, you can net them with a net 14 ft diameter or less. Make very sure you keep only nongame fish when castnetting. You don't want to get caught with a bass or a catfish that you caught in the net - throw those back right away.

TPWD has special regulations for Tilapia because they're an invasive species. If you possess them (you aren't throwing them back), they must be gutted immediately.

There is no length limit or possession limit, keep them all if you want.


I forgot about the 7' radius deal, I could of sworn I've seen them out there with seines before...

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#12534210 - 12/11/17 06:38 AM Re: Fairfield Net Tilapai [Re: SteezMacQueen]
JWfish Online   content
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Registered: 02/09/14
Posts: 165
Tru dat! Last time we were there, we saw Bass being filleted right along with piles of Tilapia. There was a crowd at the cleaning station like an assembly line at a fish market. The park needs to either ban this or monitor it better. If the Park Office had still been open when we left I would have alerted them.

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#12534234 - 12/11/17 07:07 AM Re: Fairfield Net Tilapai [Re: JWfish]
flukeman83 Offline
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Registered: 06/19/14
Posts: 688


Originally Posted By: JWfish
Tru dat! Last time we were there, we saw Bass being filleted right along with piles of Tilapia. There was a crowd at the cleaning station like an assembly line at a fish market. The park needs to either ban this or monitor it better. If the Park Office had still been open when we left I would have alerted them.


U R making an awfully big assumption......
R U sure they didn't catch the bass in a legal manner with a rod n reel ?
It is not illegal to keep n eat bass you know........
I'd be the first to alert authorities if I saw them take bass illegally ,,,,,, but to assume that someone did something wrong is just ...... wrong.

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#12534280 - 12/11/17 08:02 AM Re: Fairfield Net Tilapai [Re: JWfish]
Dan90210 ☮ Online   content
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Registered: 11/18/09
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Originally Posted By: JWfish
Tru dat! Last time we were there, we saw Bass being filleted right along with piles of Tilapia. There was a crowd at the cleaning station like an assembly line at a fish market. The park needs to either ban this or monitor it better. If the Park Office had still been open when we left I would have alerted them.


Once the power stops running the Talipia will be dead first time the water dips into the mid 50s. Problem solved
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#12534283 - 12/11/17 08:06 AM Re: Fairfield Net Tilapai [Re: SteezMacQueen]
Doug R. Online   content
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Registered: 06/11/12
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Loc: back in the day
Originally Posted By: SteezMacQueen
It's really fun when you see 10-12'of em in a 1973 fish and ski with a 50hp. The boat is barely staying above water. It's worth spot locking and watching for a while. That's for sure. It's like a Latin "deadliest catch".


Thanks for the new sig line Steez roflmao roflmao roflmao
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It's like a Latin "deadliest catch".



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#12534294 - 12/11/17 08:08 AM Re: Fairfield Net Tilapai [Re: PurpleFrogger]
TR176 Online   content
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Registered: 07/17/10
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Loc: Little Elm
The netters have provided a service. If left alone tilapia would occupy so much of the biomass there wouldn’t be room for any other living thing. I must say it is a little unnerving to see a couple of guys in a 10foot Jon boat riding around without life jackets in a windy day.

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#12534403 - 12/11/17 09:45 AM Re: Fairfield Net Tilapai [Re: PurpleFrogger]
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Registered: 09/17/08
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Loc: Palestine, TX
From what I saw Saturday they were netting some right at the barrier of the hot water outlet. However if you back out into about 15ft of water the talipia are everywhere. Literally black out a graph from 10ft-15ft. Will probably need a larger mesh net and at least 1.5lbs weight per foot to get these though.

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#12534971 - 12/11/17 06:57 PM Re: Fairfield Net Tilapai [Re: flukeman83]
JWfish Online   content
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Registered: 02/09/14
Posts: 165
They were dumping the bass out of the net with the tilapia.
The Office at the entrance was already closed for the evening or you betcha, I would have stopped in and alerted them.


Edited by JWfish (12/11/17 07:00 PM)

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#12535025 - 12/11/17 07:38 PM Re: Fairfield Net Tilapai [Re: JWfish]
Rayzor Online   content
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Registered: 05/13/08
Posts: 4804
Loc: Magnolia, Texas
Originally Posted By: JWfish
They were dumping the bass out of the net with the tilapia.
The Office at the entrance was already closed for the evening or you betcha, I would have stopped in and alerted them.


Anyone that has fished Fairfield knows who is catching those fish, legal and illegal. I have been out there when I have seen 7 people in a 10 foot flat bottom.
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