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Should We Enforce Better Catch-and-Release Practices?

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Should We Enforce Better Catch-and-Release Practices?

Is it time to actually have regulations in place?
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I’ve said many times that if you’re going to be a catch-and-release angler, you should do it the right way.

You know the drill: Don’t keep the fish out of water too long. Wet your hands before you handle any fish. Don’t hold them high out of the water, especially where they can fall on the rocky shoreline if they flop out of your hands. Use a rubberized mesh net if you use a net. And for goodness’ sake, keep the gripping and grinning to a minimum.

When done the right way, catch-and-release can indeed be the catalyst for sustaining the resources, and sharing, according to the Lee Wulff mantra, creatures so beautiful, they should be experienced by more than one person. If you like to keep fish, that’s fine with me too, so long as you do it the right way and follow the regulations. If you think that C&R is unethical, which some people do, well, that’s an issue where we’ll just have to agree to disagree.

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