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View Poll Results: How often do you eat/release what you catch?
Always release 120 36.92%
Mostly release, sometimes keep 187 57.54%
Depends on the location, but prefer to keep 14 4.31%
Always catch fish to keep 4 1.23%
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Default Re: Eat that fish, or release it?

Fish Dominates...Good food...Good for you!!

I do not like to freeze the fish but will in the case of Halibut and a few others that freeze well and are not available all of the time where I am living and fishing.

I live in Colorado so I eat a lot of good quality fresh fish from high mountain brookies to lower elevation walleye. We have good pan fish and river catfish and plenty of bass both lmb and smb. All fish around are willing to hit a fly which of course makes them taste so much better.

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Default Re: Eat that fish, or release it?

Never really keep, unless I fish the North Bear in Iowa. I guess I would keep a fish if it was big enough here on my home stream.
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I'll catch 'em and eat 'em if someone will clean 'em and cook 'em! milt.
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Default Re: Eat that fish, or release it?

Remember that if you eat fish but release those you catch preferring to buy yours from the store, you are being counterproductive as far as our fisheries and the environment goes. That said, release is great when needed or desired. I prefer the In Fisherman concept of Selective Release which in short means know your resource and the laws then catch and keep when it's best but release when needed or best.
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Default Re: Eat that fish, or release it?

99.9999% of the time I am a "Love Em and Leave Em" as opposed to a "Hook Em and Cook Em" kinda guy. IMO...I'd rather let em go and let someone else possibly enjoy catching them too.
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Default Re: Eat that fish, or release it?

Most times (99.999%) they go back. I don't keep any from the river, don't keep the big ones, I'd rather take a photo home then take the fish, but I will occasionally keep and cook some 12-14s from the local lake to cook over the campfire.

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Default Re: Eat that fish, or release it?

Once a year, when in the Allagash for a week, I will keep two small native brookies for a campfire meal that is like eating candy. Otherwise it is catch and release for me. Even on streams that warm up and put and take is encouraged, there are plenty of folks fishing these streams who do take the fish so let them have a chance at catching what I have released. Besides, once you've tasted a Northern Maine native brookie no stocked fish will ever measure up for texture and flavor.
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Default Re: Eat that fish, or release it?

A fish for the smoker once and awhile is good and some saltwater fish...yum but mostly return all fish
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Default Re: Eat that fish, or release it?

Depends on the water I am fishing and the species. I usually take all the trout home but the warm water fish usually catch a break.
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Default Re: Eat that fish, or release it?

I keep the the occasion fish I wound and the ones I am too greedy to break off because my gear is too light. One of the small streams I fish is dam-less and a strait shot down into the CT river in MA. Terrestrial season can get interesting late summer if the water has a chance to come up.

Conversely, I have neither remorse nor misgivings about filling a limit of trout with tank wear on their fins and tails because someone asked me for them.
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