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    HI GUYS,

    If you feel you want to kill fish, by all means. Just dont throw them onto the bank, that is cruel, kill them and at least on your way home stop and give to the needy. That way maybe you will keep them away from your yellows. After all, must be confusing for them to be told they are not allowed to catch yellows and must release them, when they have maybe just witnessed you ''chuck'' a bass onto the bank. The same applies to trout ff.

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    i think this comes down to the individual.guys like conrad that target them will release them.others might take them out.im on the fence with this one.whats the biggest bass caught on the cape streams?
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    I fished a 7x tippet 2 weekends ago for the first time. I had a nice smallmouth on about 750g and it burned me off.

    I kill the bass that I catch but I put them back in the water for the crabs and what else to break it down and recycle.

    This is me and I do not request anyone else to do the same.

    From last season to now the telly on the bass have definately increased.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ian View Post
    I kill the bass that I catch but I put them back in the water for the crabs and what else to break it down and recycle.
    I used to do the same, but all you're really doing is creating more food for the bass fry, I normaly toss any bass onto the bank for the birds, otters and watermousedogs...

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    Good morning guys

    It sucks being back in the office on a Monday morning!!!!!

    Anyway, it is imnportant to evaluate Andre's question in the context of only a Cape Trout Stream and specifically not to view it as a genaral question of competition between Bass & Trout or between aliens and indigenous species.

    On the Cape streams (being the Smallblaar, Elandspad, Witte and Holsloot), the Bass hardly ever grow to the same size as the Trout. I suppose that there are numerous reasons for this but I believe it is primarily because the streams don't hold enough food to sustain any Bass of a good size and proper holding water is extremely limited from a Bass' perspective. We must also remember that they can only migrate into the Trout zones during the summer months whenm temperatures allow.

    When these small Bass do migratate up into the Trout zones, they are in direct competition with the Trout for food and holding water. If we let them be, our Trout will be worse off simply because there is less food for them. The Bass must surely also predate on the Trout fry early in the season and this is just another good reason to kill the Bass.

    This makes the question a very easy one for me to answer.

    On Cape streams I kill every single Bass I catch.

    On the Breede it is a different story and every Bass is released with the same care as a Trout taken on Cape stream.

    On the Olifants, the Groot and other Yellowfish rivers, the aliens must obviously also be removed and here I am afraid they end up on the bank for the Baboons to feed on.

    Just my 2c.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Michael View Post
    Please remember something...there is actually no such thing as a "trout stream" in South Africa. They were introduced, just like the smallmouth bass.

    Lots of conflicting views...if anyone wants to hear what damage smallmouth bass (and other bass species) have caused our indigenous fish, please contact Peter Arderne from FOSAF. Only then will you understand the impact.
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    I love fishing for bass too...in dams I let them go. In rivers I catch them more by accident, and then I do kill them.

    PS: a "Cricket Score" with smallies in a river just shows you how many there are...so no wonder the indigenous yellowfishes's numbers have plummeted in the Cape. It's actually really worrying, and if people can't see the wood for the trees, it's even more worrying.

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    Mike you know how feel about them , but I agree I think it depends on the environment. I'd rather catch yellows in sterkies than bass and carp because neither should be there.

    If there weren't trout or bass in the cape streams the fishing wouldn't be very good.

    Most of the trout ponds or dams that I fish were man made and there probably wouldn't have been any fish in them until someone put them there so I don't really care so long as there is something to catch.

    Personally if I catch a bass or a carp in the vaal - I'll think really hard before I release it, if there is someone to give it to they might get a free meal.

    Apologies for straying off Andre's topic but if I fished the cape streams I'd probably let them live. They have just as much of a right to be there as a trout.
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    Quote Originally Posted by swsmith View Post
    i think this comes down to the individual.guys like conrad that target them will release them.others might take them out.im on the fence with this one.whats the biggest bass caught on the cape streams?
    My biggest bass (while fishing for trout) was caught in the Berg river, weighed 960g after I cleaned it, weighed it at Dewdale after my session as they asked to kill all bass. I think it was on my second or third trip to the river. I thought it was a trout as it was sipping insects of the surface, but once hooked it put on a spectacular show, jumping out etc, took me over 5 minutes to land it on a 2/3wt, smallmouth bass I might add...
    Took it home and chucked it on the braai, was delicious
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    If it is a trout stream I would say cull the bass but on any other water I would say let them go as they can be fun to catch.

    Funny thing is killing the smaller bass in a dam actually creates bigger bass as the remaining ones have less competition for food.

    But it seems people are more prone to killing bass than carp who are the real baddies in terms of fing up waters.

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