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TAKE ME FISHING 101: Don’t Mess with Texas Fish [Official]


>>WHEREVER YOU LIVE IN TEXAS, CHANCES ARE THERE’S A FISHING SPOT NEARBY.>>WHOOOO!>>THE QUALITY AND DIVERSITY OF FISH IN TEXAS ATTRACT OVER TWO MILLION ANGLERS EACH YEAR WHO CONTRIBUTE ALMOST $2 BILLION DOLLARS TO OUR STATE’S ECONOMY.>>THAT’S WHAT YOU CALL A TEXAS BOY RIGHT THERE! WOOO!>>FISH ARE IMPORTANT TO TEXAS BUT THEY FACE A LOT OF CHALLENGES. THAT’S WHY WE HAVE TO WORK TOGETHER TO MAKE SURE NOTHING MESSES WITH TEXAS FISH. TAKE A LOOK AT THESE BABY FISH. CUTE, AREN’T THEY? THEY WERE HATCHED AT ONE OF THE EIGHT TEXAS PARKS & WILDLIFE FISH HATCHERIES SPREAD OUT ACROSS THE STATE. THIS FRESH INFLUX OF FISH INTO TEXAS WATERS HELPS MAINTAIN THE QUALITY FISHING OF POPULAR BREEDS LIKE BASS, REDFISH AND TROUT. PARKS & WILDLIFE BIOLOGISTS CLOSELY MONITOR FISH HABITATS TO ENSURE THAT TEXAS FISH STAY HEALTHY.>>AND ANOTHER SMALL MOUTH BUFFALO.>>AFTER ALL, HUMANS AND FISH HAVE A LOT IN COMMON. WE BOTH NEED CLEAN WATER AND A HEALTHY ENVIRONMENT. THAT’S WHERE TEXAS PARKS AND WILDLIFE GAME WARDENS LIKE ME COME IN. OUR JOB IS TO PROTECT THE NATURAL RESOURCES OF TEXAS. (music)>>WATCH OUT.>>WE PATROL TEXAS LAND AND WATERS TO STOP UNLAWFUL POLLUTION… TO PROTECT WILDLIFE, AND TO KEEP THE OUTDOORS SAFE FOR FOLKS TO ENJOY.>>THIS IS GOING TO HELP ME DETERMINE YOUR LEVEL OF INTOXICATION.>>HERE ARE A FEW BASIC LAWS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT FISHING IN TEXAS.>>CAN I SEE YOUR FISHING LICENSE PLEASE?>>IF YOU’RE AGE 17 OR OLDER, YOU NEED A FISHING LICENSE TO FISH IN TEXAS…>>GOOD LUCK!>>…UNLESS YOU’RE FISHING WITHIN THE BOUNDARIES OF A STATE PARK. YOU CAN BUY A FISHING LICENSE AT MOST STORES WHERE SPORTING GOODS ARE SOLD…>>HI. I NEED TO BUY A FISHING LICENSE.>>…OR ONLINE AT THE TEXAS PARKS & WILDLIFE WEBSITE.>>WE HAVE ANOTHER 18 INCH…>>THERE ARE LIMITS ON THE SIZE AND AMOUNT OF FISH YOU CAN KEEP. WITHOUT THESE REGULATIONS, SOME OF THE MORE POPULAR BREEDS OF TEXAS FISH COULD GET OVERFISHED, LIKE IN THIS CASE WHERE AN INDIVIDUAL HAD THREE TIMES THE LEGAL LIMIT OF FISH IN HIS CATCH, WHICH HE INTENDED TO SELL COMMERCIALLY.>>OH MAN, THAT’S LIKE A 21 AND A HALF.>>CATCH LIMITS ENSURE BIGGER, HEALTHIER FISH ARE AVAILABLE FOR ALL ANGLERS. TO DETERMINE IF YOUR CATCH IS WITHIN LEGAL SIZE LIMITS, PLACE IT ON ITS SIDE AND MEASURE FROM THE TIP OF THE SNOUT TO THE EXTREME TIP OF THE TAIL FIN.>>A LITTLE OVER 27 INCHES.>>INFORMATION ABOUT FISHING LICENSES AND REGULATIONS ARE AVAILABLE ON THE TEXAS PARKS AND WILDLIFE WEBSITE AND IN THE FREE OUTDOOR ANNUAL GUIDE, AVAILABLE WHERE FISHING LICENSES ARE SOLD. A PORTION OF THE MONEY YOU SPEND ON FISHING LICENSES AND SPORTING GOODS GOES DIRECTLY BACK TO THE FISH THROUGH STATE FISH HATCHERIES, RESEARCH, HABITAT MANAGEMENT AND PUBLIC OUTREACH LIKE THE FREE FISHING CLINICS OFFERED BY TEXAS PARKS & WILDLIFE. FISHING IS A VITAL PART OF OUR STATE’S ECONOMY AND IT’S JUST A WHOLE LOT OF FUN. FROM ALL OF US AT TEXAS PARKS AND WILDLIFE, HAPPY FISHING! (music)>>THANKS TO THE SUPPORT OF TEXAS ANGLERS, WE’RE ABLE TO GROW QUALITY FISH, STOCK A DIVERSITY OF TEXAS WATER, AND MAINTAIN THE GREAT FISHING IN TEXAS. WE COULDN’T DO IT WITHOUT YOU!

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