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lion
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re: Texas Fish Kill?
The worst part is most of the dead fish are on the bottom. They won’t float up for a few more days.


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Mr Sausage
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re: Texas Fish Kill?
Pringle is a shallow back lake. As mentioned, it’s going to get nukes every time in cold weather.

As already discussed, the barge and shipping traffic is what will really ratchet this up. Those channels are pretty much the only deep water in some of these bay systems.


Capt ST
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re: Texas Fish Kill?
Guy working in Corpus Christi came back last night, had pic of dead fish along bank 4’ wide in port Aransas. Lots of trout


MrLSU
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Paris, Lake Como, Monaco, Marrero
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re: Texas Fish Kill?
Saw video today of thousands of sea turtles that were rescued before they could drown and sounds like tens of thousands more sea turtles have died.


TxWadingFool
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Member since Sep 2014
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re: Texas Fish Kill?
My observations after a few days of being on the water and talking other folks that have been as well. Matagorda to Baffin for sure lost a lot of fish, some areas more than others especially POC. Rockport to POC will rebound faster at the end of this year with the re-dredging of Cedar Bayou starting in April. South of Baffin through the land cut, through Mansfield to the Arroyo is devastated. Thousands and thousands of dead trout, reds, and black drum for as far as you want to run, the numbers of dead 6 to 8 pound trout and bigger in the area makes you sick to see. It is going to take a while to recover down there and some kind of changes in regulations as well I am afraid. If the fish didn't get into the ICW or Mansfield Harbor they died, sucks.
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KemoSabe65
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re: Texas Fish Kill?
Limit is down to five, not sure what refulation changes will help.


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voros79
Member since Nov 2015
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re: Texas Fish Kill?
Thanks for the update txwade. Went out in West Matagorda yesterday. We saw a few dead drum and I think at this point we are just waiting for the biologists to quantify how bad it is.

Agree with Kemosabi. Not sure how much more they can do with the limits. Maybe a stricter slot for bigger trout ? Release over 20? I’m new to the Texas fishery so I might be wrong but I think lowering the limits will really hurt the guides and the commercial (hotels, bait shops, etc) side of recreational fishing.


TxWadingFool
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re: Texas Fish Kill?
There is going to be some pain felt without a doubt across the board, had a buddy send me a video today from Galveston where most think they escaped the worst. The video showed thousands of dead big fish (not bait fish) still on the bottom in the canals that have yet to float up, biologist I asked about that said they would start to come up today or tomorrow. A more stringent sized slot limit would be a tool they could use in effort to help speed the recovery, I doubt anything is done from Baffin northward but south of there I wouldn't be surprised if something wasn't changed with a 2 or 3 year sunset clause attached to it.
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