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I can only think of maybe 2 times that a turtle has taken a bait of mine. Both snappers. Its a wonder we dont have more problems. We have lots of big turtles where we fish.

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Lots of large turtles as well here.

The owner of a pond here instructed me to kill them.

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yallve only caught 2 turtles

when i used to fish with worms and a bobber id catch them all the time.  and whenever i carp fish turtles mess with me.  but i just wish fish were like turtles.  the turtles in my lake will swim from across the lake to see whats on the bobber.

turtle story:

when me and my friend were on his boat we road out past this very big tree that had fallen in the water, probably 100ish feet long and there wasnt room for one more turtle to fit on the tree.  then when we went into another part of the lake there was another tree (not quite as long mabey 20 feet shorter) filled with turtles too. atleast their not snappers

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Yea they can be a pain...Some people purposely fish for them in ponds I fish. Then I laugh when they get all angry trying to get the hook out. Don't complain after you purposely hook it.

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Havent hooked a turtle in a long time but yesterday i was slow rollin a spinnerbait and they kept chasing it  back to the boat, but they poor guys just wernt fast enough. :'(

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Here's a small turtle that I caught a while back.  Not a snapper, but something similar.  This kind of turtle doesn't bother me as much as a snapper would.  I've caught several snappers out of a private pond before...they can really damage a fish population.   >:(

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i have caught one turtle in the pond that i fish...it was about basketball size.but yeah...it suck when you think u have a fish but all u have is a stupid turtle!!! >:(

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Look this florida freshwater tortoise that I fished with a excalibur walker the first day I went fishing on Pisuerga river, Spain.

Since them I have seen much more...They shouldn 't survive here because less 10 ºF on winter but I think that they buried on the winter and hey survive...

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Troutfisher that is a common musk turtle. They go CRAZY for live worms. They chase those things as fast as they can disregarding what ever else is going on.

And BTW the turles do survive the winter. They bury themselves on the bottom of the lake and stay there for the winter.

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YOU GUYS ARE F******* TERRIBLE, HOW ARE YOU GOING TO BRING A TWELVE GUAGD WITH YOU IN CASE YOU CATCH A TURTLE? DONT KILL TURTLES, THATS WRONG, THEY MEAN NO HARM TO YOU, JUST BECAUSE YOU WANT TO FISH DOSENT MEAN ITS RIGHT FOR YOU TO TAKE THE LIFE OF THEESE HARMLESS REPTILES  >:(  :( >:( >:( >:( >:( >:( >:( :'( :'( :'( >:( >:( :-[ >:( >:( >:( >:( >:( >:( >:( >:( >:( >:( >:( >:( >:( >:(

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I caught this turtle on a 4inch dinger at 3am one night.  I let him go though.

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ACTUALLY - It is a myth that turtles damage fish population in ponds, as far as them eating them and what not. They are too slow to catch most fish. Snappers have to sit very still with their tongue wiggling to land a fish, and most other types of turtles eat something else. This info is in Oklahoma Hunters Guide they put out each fall, so I constantly show it or relay it to folks who "turtle hunt" because they think the turtles are messing up their fishing. The turtles are actually harmless. Please don't hurt them, shoot them, kill them, rip the hook out etc. No, I am no tree hugger, but I do love animals, and turtles are at the top of my list. It might be a pain to hook em and get the hook out, but consider it good practice for when you catch a large fish. Besides, thats just a risk you take when you fish. It's not like a turtle intentionally ruins your day, but if you are harming or killing them, you are intentionally ruining theirs! God Bless

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         no problems so far with turtles.I have seen quite a few of them recently.I was fishing by cattails one afternoon and there was this little turtle on a rock sunning himself it looked liked.every once in a while he would go in the water and then return to his rock.I never told any kids because I don't want them taking the turtle out of his home.and then one other time my husband and I was going down this path in the woods to the lake  to fish and I looked around to make sure there we're no snakes and saw a hugh turtle just sitting there.he looked real old.so my dummy husband takes his shoe and moves him a little bit to see if he was alright.well the turtle looks at him and then turns around and for some reason he lost his balance and rolled down in to the water.I felt bad and blamed it on my husband.I am a animal lover so please don't hurt the turtle and let them in there natural homes where they belong. :'(

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Heck, turtle soup is gooooooooooooooooodddddddddddddddd!!!!!!!! ;)

and the 12 gauge that goes with me is for snakes, If I hook a turtle I just cut the line as close to its mouth as I can.....

I kill every snake I see..... man I hate snakes

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Heck, turtle soup is gooooooooooooooooodddddddddddddddd!!!!!!!! ;)

and the 12 gauge that goes with me is for snakes, If I hook a turtle I just cut the line as close to its mouth as I can.....

I kill every snake I see..... man I hate snakes

                     thanks for turning that turtle loose but the snakes do whatever you wish with them..I HATE SNAKES TO.!

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You know WhiteMike, turtles maybe are cute to you, ( :o?) but they are DEFINITELY NOT endangered (in the least), and DO kill fish, namely baitfish. So, killing the snappers and big ones is a big tip to the fish. Go ahead and yell at me, but it also helps bass get big to throw bitty perch or sunfish into the grass if you catch them. Lowers food competetion considerably.

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ACTUALLY - It is a myth that turtles damage fish population in ponds, as far as them eating them and what not. They are too slow to catch most fish. Snappers have to sit very still with their tongue wiggling to land a fish, and most other types of turtles eat something else. This info is in Oklahoma Hunters Guide they put out each fall, so I constantly show it or relay it to folks who "turtle hunt" because they think the turtles are messing up their fishing. The turtles are actually harmless. Please don't hurt them, shoot them, kill them, rip the hook out etc. No, I am no tree hugger, but I do love animals, and turtles are at the top of my list. It might be a pain to hook em and get the hook out, but consider it good practice for when you catch a large fish. Besides, thats just a risk you take when you fish. It's not like a turtle intentionally ruins your day, but if you are harming or killing them, you are intentionally ruining theirs! God Bless

Thank you!  Finally!  An ethical bone in the crowd.

I just noticed on the side of our lake where we put the boat in, a huge dropping of some kind.  Was confused as to the size and what may have left it.  A week later, after some sun and a brief rain, I pulled up and noticed it was definately snapper poop.  The scat was made of of total craw shells.  Oranged now by the sun, it was clearly evident.

We have huge snappers in our lake.  Some are the size of sewer caps!  Just for the record, our lake has what I would evaluate as the best fish population in RI.

DON"T KILL ANIMALS JUST BECAUSE YOU ARE IGNORANT OF A BALANCED ECOSYSTEM!!!! >:( >:( >:( >:(

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I cant stand people that kill things becuase they "think" they are bad for the inviroment. I dont know of a single living thing that is bad for nature's system.

God made them with all of nature in mind, and every speices benifits the enviroment.

Why kill snakes? they dont eat fish. They eat the eggs of birds that DO eat fish. If you want the fish population to be better, then it makes more sense to leave snakes alone than to kill them.

Why kill the turtles? They clean up the carcusses of dead fish, keeping sickness at bay. If you killed all the vultures, there would be more dead things lying around than living things. The same goes for turtles. Also, turtles eat the sick or dieing fish, keeping the sickness from speading.

I am proud to say i have never, never kept a fish i have cought in my life.

If i catch a turtle, i do the best i can to remove the hook, and back it goes.

If i see a snake. I watch it, and leave it alone.

If i catch a fish, and it is dying, i throw it back in. Some hungery turtle or bass will be thankful i did.

I say, leave the wild things to themselves, and they look after eachother.

Matt

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for those who say turtles dont eat fish  you are correct  red ear sliders a very common turtle and more often than not are the ones bieng shot and killed they are the best thing for the fish  they eat only DEAD OR DYING FISH they are scavengers , the aligater snaping turtle actually fishes for his meal with the tonge as stated by take me fishing 2. So the next time you snipe a turtle in the water are you sure what kind it is and if by some chance you kill the red sliders of f  well then you better hope you know wich fish are sick and only catch those because you killed the one thing that will help stop the spread of sickness among the fish . also if the turtles are not considered destructive by the wildlife dept then you need a commercial harvest liscence and shooting is not allowed. And i know our dept does not consider the slider to be destructive but BENIFICIAL

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