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    Great tips/info, Thank you!

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    Great read, it reassures me that my practices have left fish for some or someone's kid to enjoy. Make kids fisherman, fisherman by lisences, excellent trout programs like the one here in western north carolina can go on. ...Teach a kid (or someone) how to (properly) fish and they will eat (or just enjoy) for a lifetime. Sorry kind of put a spin on the ol adage

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    Good stuff. Thanks for this.

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    Excellent presentation.
    I would like to add a few words. Just because an angler releases his fish doesn't mean that hooking injuries causing infection won't kill that trout forty-eight hours later. So, the easiest way to reduce the number of trout rolling lifeless along the bottom of the pools, is to be moderate in our fishing. We can practice personal catch-and-release limits.

    It is not necessary to catch thirty or more trout a day, and a large number of fish landed doesn't necessarily indicate the practices of a skilled fisherman... but it suggests a fish hawg. Now, Dante put fish hawgs in the Third Circle of Hell:
    In the third circle, you find yourself amidst eternal rain, maledict, cold, and heavy. The gluttons are punished here, lying in the filthy mixture of shadows and of putrid water. Because you consumed in excess, you meet your fate beneath the cold, dirty rain, amidst the other souls that there lay unhappily in the stinking mud.
    So, as a part of our fishing we can adopt the adage "Limit your catch, don't catch your limit."
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    Quote Originally Posted by overmywaders View Post
    Excellent presentation.
    I would like to add a few words. Just because an angler releases his fish doesn't mean that hooking injuries causing infection won't kill that trout forty-eight hours later. So, the easiest way to reduce the number of trout rolling lifeless along the bottom of the pools, is to be moderate in our fishing. We can practice personal catch-and-release limits.

    It is not necessary to catch thirty or more trout a day, and a large number of fish landed doesn't necessarily indicate the practices of a skilled fisherman... but it suggests a fish hawg. Now, Dante put fish hawgs in the Third Circle of Hell:


    So, as a part of our fishing we can adopt the adage "Limit your catch, don't catch your limit."
    What a great post! That's a conversation I've had with a friend a few times over the last couple of years. Generally it comes out like "hey, how many do we have to catch before we can sit down and have a beer?"

    I think as we get older we get better at stopping and just watching and listening...kinda soaking it all in rather than thrashing the water from dawn to dark like we used to. It's interesting to hear so many younger fishermen say that they start to "get that part" after they come to the long rod.

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts...-Mike

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    To throw a totally off-the-wall, tangent response in the mix -- I could make a very sound, reasonable argument for keeping as many bluegill as I can catch in a day (or whatever the regs allow) as a means of helping the ecosystem. I've had many landowners ask me to do this actually on private ponds.

    I realize that this article is primarily intended for trout and I very much agree with it -- particularly the part about handling the fish. I just wanted to toss an oddball in there for thought.

    When people ask me "is it better to release the fish" the answer is often "no, not really".

    It depends.

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    Quote Originally Posted by turbineblade View Post
    To throw a totally off-the-wall, tangent response in the mix -- I could make a very sound, reasonable argument for keeping as many bluegill as I can catch in a day (or whatever the regs allow) as a means of helping the ecosystem. I've had many landowners ask me to do this actually on private ponds.

    I realize that this article is primarily intended for trout and I very much agree with it -- particularly the part about handling the fish. I just wanted to toss an oddball in there for thought.

    When people ask me "is it better to release the fish" the answer is often "no, not really".

    It depends.
    Well, nowhere (that I recall) does the article urge people to release fish. It urges people who do release fish to do it in a way that helps them survive. I would take stunted brookies from overcrowded waters and do harvest hatchery steelhead.

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    Great post.

    Quote Originally Posted by turbineblade View Post
    When people ask me "is it better to release the fish" the answer is often "no, not really".

    It depends.
    I don't think that should be Often no. Ocassionally no might be a better response.

    One last side note. There has been some debate as to the cutting the leader on a deep hooked fish. Some say leave a few inches of line so it does not fold over and block eating. I also look to see where it is deep hooked at before deciding on leaving the hook in it. One time I caught a Pike with a treble hook deep in and essentially stapled it's throat shut. it had a giant head and a long skinny body. It was clearly starving to death. I cut the hook up and removed it. Any trauma I did to the fish was better than the slow death it was suffering from.
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    Sock puppet?

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    This should be mandatory to read before you can get your license
    I feel like a lot of the fishing community is ignorant about all of this info

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