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Old 02-03-2016, 11:39 AM   #1 (permalink)
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If itís a legal catch and you want to keep it, no one is stopping you. If you do end up catching that biggun what are the odds that youíll remember what those guys on a fishing forum said about C&R? Iím not writing to trash those whom keep big fish and/or eat their catch but merely want to share my own thoughts on sport fishingÖ..

I donít eat the fish I catch because to me angling is more a sport in the sense that we no longer have to fish for survival. I believe a sportsman knows he can catch fish and keep his trophy catch but opts not toÖ.. this angler is aware that there are plenty of eater sized fish and recognizes a trophy fish returned gives others the chance to experience the fight of a lifetime. Fishing is a craft and for me itís about the chase. Iíd say for a sportsman ignorance isnít bliss and educating oneself on why those big fish ought to be released helps foster this growing desire to help fisheries thrive. It is in this approach to fishing where one will learn to respect not just the fish but the way in which we go about this wonderful sport. Some large fish will in deed end up on the dinner table but to keep it just because you can, shouldnít be why you doÖ.. Especially if you have the skill to catch the million other eaters swimming around.
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Reminds me of trophy elk hunters getting mad at me for having no interest in antlers, because I leave them on the ground.

I eat fish I catch. Big or small. I have no interest in torturing fish for my pleasure.

In the past everybody ate the fish they caught. You want real conservation to keep numbers up? Don't fish! Then, none of them will die. 10%-15% of fish die from C&R. Even when they swim away when released.
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Don't like to play with your food Pete?

I practice selective harvest.
With that said for the most part I only eat fish that I catch and process myself.
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Ditto what redleader said, but I wouldn't include I only keep fish that I think taste good as well. Which are walleye, perch, bluegills, and crappie. Maybe an occasional catfish.
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10%-15% of fish die from C&R. Even when they swim away when released.
You have a source to that statistic? Trout maybe, I don't see that number being consisten for all species
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Fishing for me is a sport, not a food source. But the regs are there for catch and keep anglers and for the most part they seem reasonable for the warm water species I chase.

In the past everybody did eat the fish they caught. They also had a black and white TV, cloth diapers and used the rhythm method to keep from getting pregnant. Thank God things change.

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Cool story bro
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You have a source to that statistic? Trout maybe, I don't see that number being consisten for all species

Yes, I meant trout. It's all I fish for, because it's what we have here.
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Fishing for me is a sport, not a food source. But the regs are there for catch and keep anglers and for the most part they seem reasonable for the warm water species I chase.

In the past everybody did eat the fish they caught. They also had a black and white TV, cloth diapers and used the rhythm method to keep from getting pregnant. Thank God things change.

They have color TV now?
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