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Old 12-19-2009, 04:11 PM
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Default Do you enjoy catch and release fishing?

I don't enjoy it so much. It is not that I don't do it; I do. I just sometimes feel stupid Why should we release the hard caught fish? It is for conservational reasons, yes. But is it simpler not to fish at all?

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Old 12-19-2009, 11:34 PM
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The thing about catch and release is that you allow future fly fishermen and women to enjoy having an opportunity to catch the fish again. If we kept all the fish that we caught, eventually the river or lake would become depleted. Then what would we do?
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Old 12-19-2009, 11:38 PM
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I see your points, so we just have to release those which are in excess of what we need and those which are not fully grown and keep the rest. That's the way to keep nature in balance.
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Old 12-20-2009, 01:56 AM
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I see your points, so we just have to release those which are in excess of what we need and those which are not fully grown and keep the rest. That's the way to keep nature in balance.
Exactly. We have to be responsible enough so future generations have fish to catch. If we don't do our part, we destroy their opportunity to fish and enjoy the outdoors.
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Old 12-20-2009, 07:25 AM
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I see your points, so we just have to release those which are in excess of what we need and those which are not fully grown and keep the rest. That's the way to keep nature in balance.
If the fish we catch is not fully grown, surely I agree with you, we have to release it. But when we have reached the limit, why don't we just stop fishing?
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Old 12-20-2009, 10:45 PM
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I won't go fishing anywhere that is strictly catch and release. I don't see any point in it. It's like hunting but not taking the animal with us. I do release when they are small and the fish will survive.
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Old 12-21-2009, 06:32 AM
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Yeah, catch and release may sounds ridicuous, but it is a compromise between conservational and recreational purposes. You fish not only for food but also for fun, right?
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Old 12-21-2009, 01:07 PM
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If the fish we catch is not fully grown, surely I agree with you, we have to release it. But when we have reached the limit, why don't we just stop fishing?
I keep fishing because I love to sit with my mates and make a day of it. Fishing is something we do together, usually for a full go around. I would much rather collect and then toss back in if I have enough.
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Old 12-21-2009, 03:06 PM
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For me, I'll it depends on where I'm fishing. If I'm not in the mood to eat fish but I want to go fishing, I'll catch and release. On the other hand if I'm camping and I need food and I'm allowed to catch a certain limit, I'll do that, too.
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