So it all began with a snide remark from a guy on a message board referring to one of my pictures with a largemouth bass. Somehow he realized that it was a female (possibly because of the size?) and for some reason he assumed that I kept it. Even though I did keep it, I still resent the assumption that I kept it when he didn’t know.
So my conundrum comes here: I never understood why on fishing shows the pros would catch some nice size fish and just release them. I was raised to catch and eat fish. When I was a kid my dad and uncles would catch them, scale them, and clean them to eat them. The only thing I know is to catch and eat fish. I had always heard of catch and release but I never did this unless the fish was undersized or had any other regulation on it.
Now that I’m older, know a bit more about catching fish and I think a little deeper into it, it does make sense to release some fish. A female that hasn’t spawned yet should be released. I want future generations to be able to catch this same fish. I also want this fish to create future generations. But I can’t lie, if I hook into a huge striper or largemouth that takes me a while to bring in… I can’t see myself letting it go!
New fishers, any experience with the philosophy and practice of catch and release?
Seasoned anglers, what’s your opinion on C&R? you guys practice it? And if so how often?