Re: NANFA-- "river rabbits"

Bruce Stallsmith (
Thu, 08 Mar 2001 13:33:26 -0500

I'm glad you mention bowfin and gar, Ray, as being both interesting in of
themselves and also fun fish to catch within bounds. The same goes for
sturgeon on the Pacific coast, which do amazing tail dances when you reel
them in. I was reacting against the "go bassin'" mindset which is kind of a
lowest common denominator approach.

--Bruce Stallsmith
Huntsville, AL

I attribute this to the 'big city'
>attitude that lead to tons of carp being poisoned out, and the restocking
>with the silly 10 bluegill to one bass mentality. This has created a bunch
>of lakes full of 4 inch bluegills, and low and behold, carp again. Gar and
>Bowfin have been part of ecosystems in Eastern North America long before
>other " good fish" came along, and there were / are plenty of species that
>made a go of it having to compete against the evil devil fish.

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