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Are crappie ribs legal bait? #12900076
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I was watching the Texas Insider Fishing Report on Fox Sports and one of the guides said he has been keeping his crappie ribs from his trips and using them as cutbait to catch messes of catfish on Taledo Bend. I know crappie and sandbass make excellent bait but I thought this was against the law in Texas. Can someone please clarify? texas


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Re: Are crappie ribs legal bait? [Re: El Gato Azul] #12900084
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I'd be iffy on whether or not that's legal as well. It's probably worth a call to you'r local GW and see what he says. I do remember seeing guys at the cleaning station in Port A digging Redfish, trout, and all kinds of carcasses out to use for chumming for sharks. All while there was a GW in the parking lot checking peoples fish as they came off the boat ramp. That would be pretty much the same IMHO.

Re: Are crappie ribs legal bait? [Re: El Gato Azul] #12900087
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I can say this with 100% accuracy, I know a guy that may or may not have been in my boat using Crappie ribs for bait on Lake Arrowhead, and he paid a hefty fine to the State Of Texas for doing it........

Re: Are crappie ribs legal bait? [Re: El Gato Azul] #12900099
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Definitely not legal



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Re: Are crappie ribs legal bait? [Re: El Gato Azul] #12900100
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They call it secret bait for a reason...


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Re: Are crappie ribs legal bait? [Re: El Gato Azul] #12900111
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Not Legal as Far as I know. I got checked by the Chic Game Warden a few years ago Bankfishing on Grapevine. I was using some kind of fish from the Asian Market that looked Sandbass Like and she wasn’t Happy about it. I showed her my receipt and she gave me a warning but took my bait. She said even tho I had a receipt she didn’t know for sure if it was bought or caught.........and not to use anything that is or resembled a Game Fish even if from the Asian market. She was Cool with squid and octopus I had bought and was using.......

Re: Are crappie ribs legal bait? [Re: El Gato Azul] #12900134
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That guide will definitely be getting a call from the warden. Bout the same as the guy who posted illegal bass on Facebook. Big ticket.



Re: Are crappie ribs legal bait? [Re: El Gato Azul] #12900199
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As the book states, you cannot use any part of a game fish, that includes liver, ribs, heads, or even meat that went bad before or after the freezer.


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Re: Are crappie ribs legal bait? [Re: El Gato Azul] #12900254
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When I fillet a crappie, I either throw the remains back into the water, or take them home for the cats. Why in the name of the Almighty would it be illegal to use crappie parts for bait?

Re: Are crappie ribs legal bait? [Re: uncle_bagster] #12900258
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Originally Posted By: uncle_bagster
When I fillet a crappie, I either throw the remains back into the water, or take them home for the cats. Why in the name of the Almighty would it be illegal to use crappie parts for bait?


any part of any Game Fish is Illegal - they don't want Game Fish being Harvested for bait......... Most people would be using leftovers from Legally caught and cleaned but TPW has no way of determining that so it's All Illegal.

Re: Are crappie ribs legal bait? [Re: El Gato Azul] #12900267
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Toledo bend is in the state of Louisiana also. It may be legal on there side.


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Re: Are crappie ribs legal bait? [Re: clk] #12900279
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Originally Posted By: clk
Toledo bend is in the state of Louisiana also. It may be legal on there side.


That's probably the situation, it may not be a problem in La.


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Re: Are crappie ribs legal bait? [Re: El Gato Azul] #12900287
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In OK, it's legal to use a live crappie for bait, but it counts toward your limit. It's odd how every state has completely different fishing regulations. In OK the limit for crappie is 37--go figure that one!

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No because crappies are game fish and it's not legal to use game fish or any part of game fish as bait in Texas .

Re: Are crappie ribs legal bait? [Re: El Gato Azul] #12900312
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However you can use non game fish like drum,carp,shad or bluegill they make good cut bait

Re: Are crappie ribs legal bait? [Re: clk] #12900364
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Originally Posted By: clk
Toledo bend is in the state of Louisiana also. It may be legal on there side.


That has to be it. I didn’t actually realize TB is in Louisiana.



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Originally Posted By: clk
Toledo bend is in the state of Louisiana also. It may be legal on there side.


^^^^

Catfish is a Non Gamefish in LA, 100 daily bag limit!

Re: Are crappie ribs legal bait? [Re: El Gato Azul] #12900865
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I had an interesting conversation with a GW about using store bought mackerel for bait (I was using Noreigion mackerel). He said it was illegal because mackerel are gamefish. I told him that Texas only mentions king and Spanish mackerel as game fish or sets any type of regulation for. He said he needed to find out about it but suggested I keep the head just in case.


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Re: Are crappie ribs legal bait? [Re: El Gato Azul] #12900972
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Louisiana won’t even allow bluegill or any sunfish as bait so I think it’s safe to say crappie are prolly out... texas


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Originally Posted By: uncle_bagster
In OK, it's legal to use a live crappie for bait, but it counts toward your limit. It's odd how every state has completely different fishing regulations. In OK the limit for crappie is 37--go figure that one!


Yeah, here's a weird one for you. In Alaska, both pink salmon and chum salmon are considered as gamefish. But you can use either one as bait - either whole, or cut into pieces. But the other types of salmon may not be used for bait, except for the heads and 'trimmed carcasses'.

Originally Posted By: KQT
I had an interesting conversation with a GW about using store bought mackerel for bait (I was using Noreigion mackerel). He said it was illegal because mackerel are gamefish. I told him that Texas only mentions king and Spanish mackerel as game fish or sets any type of regulation for. He said he needed to find out about it but suggested I keep the head just in case.


Fishing regulations are complicated enough to confuse the folks who are supposed to enforce those rules. Helps to keep a copy of the outdoor annual with you for reference in case of a dispute.


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Re: Are crappie ribs legal bait? [Re: Uncle Zeek] #12901162
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Originally Posted By: Uncle Zeek
Originally Posted By: uncle_bagster
In OK, it's legal to use a live crappie for bait, but it counts toward your limit. It's odd how every state has completely different fishing regulations. In OK the limit for crappie is 37--go figure that one!


Yeah, here's a weird one for you. In Alaska, both pink salmon and chum salmon are considered as gamefish. But you can use either one as bait - either whole, or cut into pieces. But the other types of salmon may not be used for bait, except for the heads and 'trimmed carcasses'.

Originally Posted By: KQT
I had an interesting conversation with a GW about using store bought mackerel for bait (I was using Noreigion mackerel). He said it was illegal because mackerel are gamefish. I told him that Texas only mentions king and Spanish mackerel as game fish or sets any type of regulation for. He said he needed to find out about it but suggested I keep the head just in case.


Fishing regulations are complicated enough to confuse the folks who are supposed to enforce those rules. Helps to keep a copy of the outdoor annual with you for reference in case of a dispute.




Good point! hmmm




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Re: Are crappie ribs legal bait? [Re: El Gato Azul] #12901194
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Originally Posted By: El Gato Azul
Louisiana won’t even allow bluegill or any sunfish as bait so I think it’s safe to say crappie are prolly out... texas


Can't catch them in any traps, except Toledo Bend. Can use them for bait, just have too catch them on Hook & Line..



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Re: Are crappie ribs legal bait? [Re: El Gato Azul] #12901203
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Re: Are crappie ribs legal bait? [Re: El Gato Azul] #12901495
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Complicated law’s..... Hum...

Not to change the subject but when I was in Captains School there were some real strange laws I argued my point on. One I remember was on the final test. No vessel may be within 100 meters of another vessel “unless underway”. Obviously a typo but I had to agree to pass the test. That would mean boat ramps and marina’s are full of law breakers! Lol!


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Originally Posted By: Littlefeather
Complicated law’s..... Hum...

Not to change the subject but when I was in Captains School there were some real strange laws I argued my point on. One I remember was on the final test. No vessel may be within 100 meters of another vessel “unless underway”. Obviously a typo but I had to agree to pass the test. That would mean boat ramps and marina’s are full of law breakers! Lol!


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I went to Arkansas for labor day and read up on their regulations. There is a daily limit for bluegill over 4". You can use them for bait, but any over 4" count towards your daily limit. They must really like their bluegills over there.


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Originally Posted By: El Gato Azul
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Complicated law’s..... Hum...

Not to change the subject but when I was in Captains School there were some real strange laws I argued my point on. One I remember was on the final test. No vessel may be within 100 meters of another vessel “unless underway”. Obviously a typo but I had to agree to pass the test. That would mean boat ramps and marina’s are full of law breakers! Lol!


Man they must give out Captains License to just about anyone Curtis! Lmao!!
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Dang, rough crowd! fish


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I can’t fish so Im lookin for trouble! figured I would give my fishin Pardner a little rib shot ... duel


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I think no on the crappie ribs since no game fish may be used as bait. Hu


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I used to buy Spanish mackerel in the market to use for bait on the coast. I kept my receipt to prove where it came from, but it didn't matter. Law is you can't use a game fish for bait, period. Too bad, as the absolute best bait for large C.catfish happens to be W.bass filets, which is not legal.


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Man they must give out Captains License to just about anyone Curtis! Lmao!!
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LOL you have never taken a MMC test. Hardest test in my life... They have a class around the coast will take around 20, only 4 or 5 will pass all 5 test.

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Wasn’t tryin to offend you Tga...just takin a rib shot at my buddy! whip


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Mine was a master of 300 tons w radar and towing endorsements. Hardest test I’ve ever taken! I’ll take rib shot though cause I lapsed on sea time when I quit working in Gulf I and got downgraded to 100 ton. Now I just man a dingy! coolio


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Originally Posted By: El Gato Azul
Wasn’t tryin to offend you Tga...just takin a rib shot at my buddy! whip


You didn't.

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Yes Crappie ribs are legal.

until you get caught.


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