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If it’s 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 you’ll remember what those guys on a fishing forum said about C&R? I’m not writing to trash those whom keep big fish and/or eat their catch but merely want to share my own thoughts on sport fishing…..

I don’t 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 to….. 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 it’s about the chase. I’d say for a sportsman ignorance isn’t 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, shouldn’t be why you do….. 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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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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You bet Pete-it will make the porn you watch more realistic.
 

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The big ones are safe with me, I can't eat what I don't catch. :(
 

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We should fish together, no fish would be safe.:bounce:
 

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Nice post young Mackinaw.

If you do end up catching that biggun what are the odds that you’ll remember what those guys on a fishing forum said about C&R?
Who cares what someone else says or thinks about keeping a few fish? It's every person's right to keep fish (big or small) so long as they are within the legal limits and guidelines set forth by the state they caught them in. While I don't keep many large predators; I have kept a few to eat (properly prepared there is little to no difference in taste-IMHO). But, I am very selective on what species they are and from what body of water.

My biggest gripe is with those who set the guidelines for sizes and quantities allowed to be kept of certain species. Some of the size limits on certain lakes needs to be seriously addressed as well. We all know a certain lake that could use some better guidelines for 'eyes and bass as well as a few others that need some diversity of species to improve those fisheries (Don't get me started on the whole kokanee vs lake trout thing or the lack of wipers in certain lakes due to the fear of them harming other precious fish:mad:).
 

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I can't eat what I don't catch. :(
Your post might have been better without the first clause. Then I would add: I don't eat what I don't catch. I can show compassion for my fellow chordate beings. :D
 

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Ninja,

I'm beginning to believe Pueblo will never have a slot on walleye or bass. I talked to a park ranger once about that and how it would improve the fishing and his answer was Pueblo was a lake where just about anybody could catch "something" and thats what they wanted. Far less concerned with managing it for trophy potential.

Given that, you can go to pueblo and catch 11-13" spots and smallies all day long. It is exactly what they want it to be.
 

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Ninja,

I'm beginning to believe Pueblo will never have a slot on walleye or bass. I talked to a park ranger once about that and how it would improve the fishing and his answer was Pueblo was a lake where just about anybody could catch "something" and thats what they wanted. Far less concerned with managing it for trophy potential.

Given that, you can go to pueblo and catch 11-13" spots and smallies all day long. It is exactly what they want it to be.
I don't think it would change the catchable fish numbers by much if at all... Numbers in other states that use slot limits haven't been hurt, in fact, maybe the opposite. It still boils down to the fact that the novice angler will struggle until he or she works a little. Man, Pueblo would be such an insane fishery with a couple slot limits...
 

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Agreed. The other argument they put forward is it would make enforcement harder.
 
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