Are You Better Than A Bucket Fisherman?
Posted April 13 2012 - 05:23 AM
How many times have we heard someone berate the bucket fisherman who kills the fish he catches?
Now read the linked study on the mortality rate of released bass and try to answer the question of who kills more bass. A bucket fisherman may catch his/her five bass limit and goes home. Using the average mortality rates from the study, how many fish can you release before you have possibly killed your five bass limit?
How many bass die when the C&R angler brags of having a 100 fish day? A 50 fish day?
Is it ethical to catch and then release more bass than what the averages say puts you over what the bucket fisherman takes home?
Posted April 13 2012 - 05:47 AM
Posted April 13 2012 - 06:16 AM
Posted April 13 2012 - 06:39 AM
Personally for me, no freshwater fish can hold a candle to just about any saltwater species, when it comes to flavor. Which is the main reason I practice CPR.
"A voyage in search of knowledge need never abandon the spirit of adventure."
Posted April 13 2012 - 07:13 AM
Posted April 13 2012 - 09:35 AM
I don't feel I'm any better than them. However many of them don't follow the law either....Those are the ones I DO have a problem with.
Michigan has Bass and walleye seasons as you should know....This year DNR is having a big problem because of warm weather more people are already fishing for them out of season. A lot of people are getting caught and ticketed.
Posted April 13 2012 - 09:48 AM
Posted April 13 2012 - 10:09 AM
Regardless of what any study says, if you keep "all" your fish, "all" your fish will die.
Show me a study that shows me that catch and release fishing damages the fishery.
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Posted April 13 2012 - 04:21 PM
Posted April 13 2012 - 04:35 PM
Posted April 13 2012 - 06:36 PM
Posted April 13 2012 - 07:13 PM
I fish at a lake that has an 18'' limit to keep a fish. I wish it was the other way around anything over 18'' must be put back. $.02
My favorite lake has a slot limit that allows anglers to keep 5 fish under 14" and one over 18". It has a very healthy bass population and we catch many fish over 18". I would be OK with not allowing any bigger fish to be kept, but the slot limit seems to be working fine.
Posted April 13 2012 - 07:30 PM
I'm proud of who and where I am, but I'm not so conceited to see that there's little difference between us in the end. So long as they are legal in their pursuits, I have no issue. I have more issue with someone that breaks a state record with no valid license, kills a great fish over it, and it will not be recognized.
Edit: For the record, brown fish are some of the very best eating for shore lunch. BWCA meals consist of many fillets of smallmouth and walleyesaurus-rex. And I'm not too proud to admit it.
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