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4/9/2013 5:00:00 PM
Fisherman has big catch
Robin Echard

BLYTHE - Rodney Johnston caught a 24-inch, 8.92 pound large mouth bass on March 21 at McIntyre Park.

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Posted: Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Article comment by: Crazy Town

@Terry~big people usually come from big people? I hope you're not big and you don't tell your kids that so they can eat whatever they want and end up like you so you will feel better about being "big". I'm so tired of the reading the crap people post as the truth. Please educate yourself on humans as much as you have on fish.

I know this is harsh and it's not my first harsh comment today, for some reason, there has been a lack of smart comments and an influx of ignorance. Is it the water?

Posted: Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Article comment by: Crazy Town

I feel sorry for all of you wasting your time arguing about "catch and release". Go do something for your cause instead of posting day after day on an article about someone catching the big one.

Nice Fish!

Posted: Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Article comment by: EL PICA BUYAS

@ If the shoe fits. You can't defend your poor uneducated beliefs, so you attack the person. I suggest that you put your walking shoes on and go fishing,and eat what you catch. Many years ago, you could see a lot of people fishing around Blythe in all of the canals. now that too is going away. That was friend and family time. I feel sorry for you and people like you, that you have nothing to do but complain about poor fish. Fishing is one of the few things you can do here without driving 50 or 90 miles to get what you want. (deleted)

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Posted: Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Article comment by: If The Shoe Fits Wear It (El Pica)

It's just too bad we can't chase off the ignorant, uneducated pieces of trash that are abusing the system as well as our country.

Posted: Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Article comment by: EL PICA BUYAS

So what is there to do here in Blythe? Shopping? No prices to high. Camping? yes but only on the Arizona side of the river. Camping in the desert? No because they are building a Solar Plant. The only thing is the River and the canals to fish. So why should people come here to fish and spend money? They won't because you have a lot of cry babies crying, You are hurting the poor fishes. So please do not come here to Fish or to Hunt so take your money from here and find another town. In other papers you can read the fish reports and you can read about the catches that are made here. You people are chasing people away and your livelihood.

Posted: Monday, April 15, 2013
Article comment by: EL PICA BUYAS

@ At El Pica. BOO HOO, Cry me a river, so I can fish. With those words you have me shaking in my boots. Here you have a man that enjoys fishing and eating what he catches, and you have a bunch of tree huggers crying. What ever happen to live and let live? Get a life.

Posted: Monday, April 15, 2013
Article comment by: At El Pica Buyas

yeah El Pica.... And you probably spray graffiti all over town also.

Posted: Sunday, April 14, 2013
Article comment by: EL PICA BUYAS

Oh the poor fish with ripped lips. Who care people get a life. That sucker looks good on a corn tortilla.
Worry about the people that are putting hooks in your mouths and the ripping them off you. And those people are the people running the show here in Blythe. Get a life. let the fishes to the fishermen that enjoy eating them. You know the best time to get fish, is when they are draining the canals. Yes it's against the law. But I'm not a fisherman. So I follow no rules and use no hooks.

Posted: Sunday, April 14, 2013
Article comment by: Terry Kratzer

No, the goal is not to rip the lips of a fish so many times so it cannot close it mouth...wow, talk about ignorant...the goal is to release big fish like that so they can make big fish. Big fish like that make other big fish, just like big people usually come from other big people. By the way, if you ever fish highly pressured lakes (you probably don't fish or you would already know this) then you are probably catching fish sometimes that have been caught before...and you are not going to find a bunch of hook holes in a bass, they do heel. This man does have the right to keep this fish. It just won't taste very good, smaller bass in the 2lb range are much tastier. Catch and release the bigguns...

Posted: Friday, April 12, 2013
Article comment by: (2nd) @Teach a man...

Mr. Callahan, We did witness the thrill of both our grandkids catching their first fish last Sept. Granddaughter(7) caught a 1 1/2# trout and our grandson(9) a 2#er. We did see the thrill of, not only them catching it, but cleaning it and then frying it up and eating it. THAT was priceless! And the reason we have Regulations IS to "conserve". Mr. Johnston met all CA Regulations. Obviously he didn't meet others' "standards". All's good though, keep calm and fish on!

Posted: Friday, April 12, 2013
Article comment by: James Callaghan

@To teach a man , imagine the thrill of the catch and the exhileration of landing such a nice bass. Now imagine your son ,daughter or grandson or granddaughter catching that same fish. The thrill in their eyes and the joy in your heart should and probably would be priceless. As for me I don't catch much bass but anytime I do Isend it back with the thoughts that some little kid is gonna catch him next. That kids gonna be so excited and probably have himself or herself a good hobby or pasttime. So its about preserving the sport and passing the joy of the big catch down.

Posted: Thursday, April 11, 2013
Article comment by: @Teach a man..

After reading your post I hope he made some big fat fish tacos AND invited someone over to enjoy it! Don't understand "Catch and Release", around here anyways. Fly fishing ya. But not in cases like this. Eat up Mr.Johnston, it's a keeper!

Posted: Thursday, April 11, 2013
Article comment by: @teach a man

If you look at the fish you can tell the she had yet to spawn (lay her eggs). She was fixing to produce thousands of eggs with the genetics to create many other large fish like her. Keep a fish or 2 every now and then but do not keep the females during the months of March thru May.Conservation is what keeps fish plentiful.

Posted: Thursday, April 11, 2013
Article comment by: Teach a man - Eat for a lifetime

Question to 'Catch AND Release':
What is the purpose of catch and release?
To continue the species? To rip the lips of fish so many times, they can't close their mouths? Or so their food gets away, from the huge gaps in there mouth? What if Mr. Johnston didn't release it? What if he kept it and made some delicious fish tacos out of it? Is he going to be looked down upon by the same cyincal approach as "I hope you released it".
Again, why? Why would you hope that he released it? Are you a fish species lover/advocate? If you are then wouldn't that make the sport of fishing a little hippicritical? Maybe he's hungry? Maybe he donated the fish to a starving family? Your comment comes across as a "do the right thing" comment. Almost preachy.

Posted: Thursday, April 11, 2013
Article comment by: Catch AND Release

Nice fish. I hope you released it.

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