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Why do people keep dinks???? 3 inchers
I am seeing more and more people Pull out of the lake with a cooler stuffed of stripers and bass all 3" to 4" I mean the shad are bigger than these things... They can't possibly be Trying to cook these things and there all dead when they leave so a pond or fish tank is out of the question besides being illegal as hell.... Anyone have a clue what there doing with them????

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Re: [Troylee] Why do people keep dinks???? 3 inchers In reply to
Well, one would assume that they are going to be cooked up... past that I have no idea.









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Re: [Undurtow] Why do people keep dinks???? 3 inchers In reply to
I mean I guess but there tiny, tiny haha... Might as well go buy a couple goldfish and cook them up...Angelic

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Re: [Troylee] Why do people keep dinks???? 3 inchers In reply to
they might be pulling a Richard Gere move with the small fish instead of gerbils

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Re: [Troylee] Why do people keep dinks???? 3 inchers In reply to
The only time I keep dinks is if I gut hook them and they will not survive. I hate seeing someone's gut hook fish swimming belly up, what a waste.

Otherwise I either CPR Catch-Photo-Release) or keep a few for dinner.





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Re: [Troylee] Why do people keep dinks???? 3 inchers In reply to
Have you tried asking them what they are doing with the small fish?


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Re: [kentofnsl] Why do people keep dinks???? 3 inchers In reply to
maybe 3-4" fish is all they can catch...lol....

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Re: [lvfishingdude] Why do people keep dinks???? 3 inchers In reply to
I watched this one guy who just had a ball of string with a big weight.. He would give it a couple spins and whip it out there... 9 out of 10 times pull in a baby fish 3 to 4 inches and toss it in cooler.. No idea man what that is all about.. Yeah next Timw I 'm gonna ask what in the world they are doing with them...

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Re: [Troylee] Why do people keep dinks???? 3 inchers In reply to
Maybe they're going to get them mountedLaugh.

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Re: [riverdog] Why do people keep dinks???? 3 inchers In reply to
Jewelry?Cool Maybe they have a pet snake or something...cats?





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LoL @ flygoddess









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Re: [Troylee] Why do people keep dinks???? 3 inchers In reply to
I once asked a guy this and his excuse was it was none of my business.
(This post was edited by Erawk on Mar 6, 2013, 11:42 PM)

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Re: [Troylee] Why do people keep dinks???? 3 inchers In reply to
well I know in some cultures they keep whatever they catch and bring them home to feed their families, u get a mess of 4-8inch dinks boil them up and flake them off you got alot of meat. mix some cilantro, jalepenos, tomatoes, onions, and lime juice and you got ceviche, when I went fishing with my grandpa he used to keep everything he caught, one time when I lived in Coos Bay, Oregon, he came out and caught a mess of 3-4inch shiner perch, took em home, cleaned em, fried em up, and ate them whole. when I lived in Seattle I asked the Asian guys on the piers what they do with the small fish, they say they take them home and dry them out, make soup, or pickle them. I even knew a guy in Coos Bay that took whatever little fish he caught and used them for fertilizer in his garden.. I actually thought about bringing some of the dinks home and filleting them and having a fish fry, I already make strips out of fillets anyways, so if I took the dinks they would already be strip size. it kinda sux to drive all that way and go home empty handed especially when you're trying to feed your family. so maybe that's why people keep everything they catch. Fish On
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Re: [syncityangler] Why do people keep dinks???? 3 inchers In reply to
AND....

Killing the dink striper at Mead is reallllllllllly good for the population.

Remove the over-abundant dinks that eat so much of the food supply, and there is more food going around for the larger fish.

That means the average size of the striper would increase over time.

So, Don't release your small stripers ever! They do make good tacos.







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Re: [TheWhizzle] Why do people keep dinks???? 3 inchers In reply to
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AND....

Killing the dink striper at Mead is reallllllllllly good for the population.

So, Don't release your small stripers ever! They do make good tacos.

Sorry but I hate fish tacos...Frown

I just put butterfly filets on the smoker and use the meat in a salad...now thats good Cool





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TheWhizzle wrote:
Killing the dink striper at Mead is reallllllllllly good for the population.

the same goes for the dink largemouth and smallies.......right?

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You're a genius 4lb







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Re: [TheWhizzle] Why do people keep dinks???? 3 inchers In reply to
No seriously if it works with the stripers why not the others?

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Tacos anyone??









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Re: [4poundonly] Why do people keep dinks???? 3 inchers In reply to
Guess you don't want to argue todayFrown

But anyhow isn't there a over abundance of shad in lake mead? so why not let the small ones live in hopes of putting a dent in the massive shad pop?

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Re: [Undurtow] Why do people keep dinks???? 3 inchers In reply to
mmm nice filets tow Sly don't forget to remove those lateral linesWink

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If you are asking seriously....


We have a problem with the stripers that happens with many species in many bodies of water. It is called STUNTING.

When you have a species of fish in a lake that do not have any significant predators, they can become over-populated. If this happens, the ratio of gamefish to baitfish per surface acre of water becomes unbalanced.

A good balance could be, for example, 10lbs of bait per every one pound of gamefish (striper in this case). Those striper will grow up to be bigger, getting used to an abundant food supply. They will breed successive generations that are genetically prepared to eat generously, and they too, will be bigger on average. If the bait to gamefish ratio stays high, the trend will continue.

But, if these fish get busy too often, and bring the ratio down to, say 3lbs of bait for every one pound of gamefish, then things change. Those fish simply have less to eat. They will not be as big that year as the year before, and if they continue to breed with a dwindling food supply, the successive generations are genetically prepared to eat less.

This is stunting, and Lake Mead is a victim. Overrun with stripers, and a dwindling shad supply from a decade of drought, we now have millions of stripers that average 1 lb.

If there were fewer stripers, and more shad, we would see a very obvious increase in the average size of the striper in Mead.

And this is why NDOW changed the limit on stripers recently. They let you keep as many stripers under 20" as you want.

The moral of the story is, release your bigger fish to be breeding stock and keep the LEGAL dinks you catch for food.

As far as LMB and SMB, they aren't overpopulated. We need every dink in there to grow up, so we can hope it breeds or we can catch it as an adult.

And we want a massive shad population. The more the merrier. All of the fish can always eat more. They are gluttonous.








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Re: [TheWhizzle] Why do people keep dinks???? 3 inchers In reply to
CoolSame thing in the eastern sierras of california. They have alot of brook trout. The DFG lets you keep an additional ten brook trout under 10" along with your daily limit of five trout. The brook trout in most of the lakes have big heads and slender bodies.Very tasty meat in those trout.

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Re: [flygoddess] Why do people keep dinks???? 3 inchers In reply to
flygoddess wrote:
Jewelry?Cool Maybe they have a pet snake or something...cats?

I've fed my Silver Arowana a few shad I had left over from fishing. I could see people feeding fingerling stripers to their pet fish, cats, and/or reptiles.

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Re: [TheWhizzle] Why do people keep dinks???? 3 inchers In reply to
Good links about stunting-


How Stuff Works - Stunting

Warmwater Journal

Most talk of stunting refers to bluegill, as it is very common for them to become stunted with their stunning spawn rates and limited predators.

We actually have some big bluegill in Mead because the stripers help keep the numbers down a bit.







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