I think it depends on what your definition of 'IS', is!
For pete sake! Has the whole world gone mad?
You either hooked one, or you caught one, (which involves hooking one).
How can one say he 'caught' a fish if he can't show you the fish?
How did they come up with "catch and release" if there is nothing to release?
(caught being past tense verb of catch)
catch /kætʃ/ Show Spelled
[kach] Show IPA
verb, caught, catch·ing, noun, adjective
–verb (used with object)
1. to seize or capture, especially after pursuit: to catch a criminal; to catch a runaway horse.
2. to trap or ensnare: to catch a fish.
If there is not a successful release or pan frying of the fish in question, then there was no successful catch or 'caught'.
Redefining words to suit ones own self interest, is postmodernism and 'relative truth' at it's best!.....Good luck with that.............