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Shooting carp and gar on bridgport help #13205622 07/05/19 06:56 PM
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Want to make it out for the first bowfishing trip of the year this weekend. Anyone been of been doing any good? Looking for an area to start in

Re: Shooting carp and gar on bridgport help [Re: basscatcher01] #13205781 07/05/19 09:40 PM
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Re: Shooting carp and gar on bridgport help [Re: basscatcher01] #13206725 07/07/19 02:52 AM
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Don't shoot Bridgeport. But this time of year I hit flats as near as you can get to deep water. As a secondary, if you can find that area with vegetation on it it'll be lights out! Good luck


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Re: Shooting carp and gar on bridgport help [Re: basscatcher01] #13207599 07/08/19 04:04 AM
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eek Shooting fish can get messy, and legally you have to use them for food or bait. If you want to check out the European method of catching Carp so you don't have to deal with dead fish then you're more than welcome to come out and join me at Ray Hubbard on July 13th


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Re: Shooting carp and gar on bridgport help [Re: basscatcher01] #13207620 07/08/19 08:10 AM
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Also can try fly fishing, good luck

Re: Shooting carp and gar on bridgport help [Re: TXMulti-Species] #13218689 07/18/19 06:34 PM
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Originally Posted by TXMulti-Species
eek Shooting fish can get messy, and legally you have to use them for food or bait. If you want to check out the European method of catching Carp so you don't have to deal with dead fish then you're more than welcome to come out and join me at Ray Hubbard on July 13th


You may want to re read the law........ Any fish that is edible or can be used for bait (includes all gar species, common carp and buffalo) may not be released back into the water after being taken with lawful archery equipment.

It does not say you have to eat or use the fish.. It states you can not release the fish back into the water

Re: Shooting carp and gar on bridgport help [Re: TGalyon1] #13218962 07/18/19 11:19 PM
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Originally Posted by TGalyon1
You may want to re read the law........ Any fish that is edible or can be used for bait (includes all gar species, common carp and buffalo) may not be released back into the water after being taken with lawful archery equipment.

It does not say you have to eat or use the fish.. It states you can not release the fish back into the water

Believe me I've read the laws and discussed them with TPWD numerous times. Here's a recent response a bowfisherman kindly posted up, even though it went against his claims.
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I apologize for the delay, I work nights and we were busy the last few nights.
Below is the question as I stated it to TPWD:

Comment or Question:

My question has to do with bowfishing: If I shoot a boat load of rough fish (gar, carp, and buffs) is it lawful to dump them in a hole on my private property to be used as fertilizer? I am aware of the new regs on alligator gar and these would not be included.
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Below is TPWD's reply copied directly:

When we examine the law,

Texas Parks & Wildlife Code, Sec. 66.011. LEAVING FISH TO DIE. A person commits an offense if the person leaves edible fish or bait fish taken from the public waters of this state to die without the intent to retain the fish for consumption or bait.

As there is a segment of the public that enjoys angling for rough fish, I would suggest they have a value beyond fertilizer. Some of the public actually enjoys consuming what others say are rough fish.

In light of this, I would say your described practice is a violation of 66.011.

Mike Mitchell
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Law Enforcement Division, Austin
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department
michael.mitchell@tpwd.texas.gov
www.tpwd.texas.gov/warden


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Re: Shooting carp and gar on bridgport help [Re: basscatcher01] #13250615 08/17/19 03:46 AM
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Those crickets sure are deafening.

Re: Shooting carp and gar on bridgport help [Re: basscatcher01] #13261765 08/27/19 09:13 PM
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Basscatcher01, we have been absolutely smashing carp and buffs on Whitney! Can’t wait to get out there after the rain today it should really pick up even more.
How’s Bridgeport looking? Ever make it out to shoot it?


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Re: Shooting carp and gar on bridgport help [Re: ToasterWEyes] #13262381 08/28/19 01:56 PM
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I have only went bowfishing one time in my life. I knew we would be getting fish (Buffalo) so I spoke with numerous co workers before the event. Not meaning to stereotype anyone, but several Asian co workers, and southern black co workers, Went crazy about being able to get these fish, they now ask when I am going again and routinely states they will take ALL the fish I procure. Another time I had a tiny little Philippino lady and her entire family meet me at the boat launch to pick up 6- 20+ pound buffalos. With a very little bit of research, I guarantee you could find people to take these fish. After my bowfishing event One group had a church fish fry, buffalo ribs. Again these fish are not to my taste to eat, but one mans trash fish are another persons treasure. These fish if properly handled could also go a long way to help feed some poor people and spreading good will. You would also be amazed at how many people fishing from shore would take some or all of these fish if offered.

Re: Shooting carp and gar on bridgport help [Re: basscatcher01] #13262466 08/28/19 02:59 PM
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Try the hunting forum http://www.texashuntingforum.com/

Re: Shooting carp and gar on bridgport help [Re: basscatcher01] #13263251 08/29/19 02:04 AM
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I often give fish away at the boat ramp, but the numbers on board on a typical night are more than a guy w a couple coolers can handle. I have found that pre-arrangement is the key and making sure those who want the fish understand the volume that might come in so they can be prepared. After interacting w several guys on TFF I was surprised how many people would love to have these fish.
Guys will drive for miles to get a few to make cut bait!


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Re: Shooting carp and gar on bridgport help [Re: basscatcher01] #13263644 08/29/19 02:28 PM
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The laws should be followed and I don't know what the laws are but why do people have an issue with bowhunters killing carp and gar any more than killing hogs or cormorants?

Buzzards need to eat too.

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Re: Shooting carp and gar on bridgport help [Re: TGalyon1] #13263705 08/29/19 03:15 PM
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They should give you a medal and a free fishing license for killing Gar and Carp.


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Re: Shooting carp and gar on bridgport help [Re: basscatcher01] #13263816 08/29/19 05:23 PM
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Before you discard all of those smallmouth buffalo with your carp and gar, give one a try. Smallmouth buffalo have white meat and are good to eat. They were the number one commercial freshwater fish in the United States for years. They were typically sold as white buffalo. You can make great "tuna" fish with them and they are good fried or grilled. Like most fish, just remove the red meat. Now carp is another issue for me, and I am not a fan of eating gar. However, both are excellent sports fish if you are looking for a good fight on a rod and reel. I rarely have a bass pull line from my fly rod, but a carp will go well into the backing most of the time.

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