Re: Age old question : catch/release or catch/keep ?
Here in Hawaii, with the large Asian population, EVERYTHING is eaten regardless of size or species. There is no law enforcement to speak of and any fishing method goes..... traps, gill nets... etc.
The largemouth and peacock bass populations in Lake Wilson were about gone. We were able to change the law to catch and release about 6 years ago and now the fishing has never been better.
There is still some poaching, and I see bass sold in several fish markets..... totally illegal..... remember the lack of enforcement?
But all and all the freshwater fishing is 1000% better.
(now if we could just do something about the salt water fishing.......)