Re: IGFA records

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Posted by Ben L. on 2013-03-26 19:05:53 in reply to Re: IGFA records posted by Tom Karrow on 2013-03-24 12:21:32

Tom, I'm not aiming this response at you specifically, but rather to all that have spoken against record fishing. Anytime we start telling other people how to fish based on damage to fish or fisheries we are on a slippery slope. If we truly cared about the fish *that* much we should not fish for them at all and we should start sending the money we would spend in tackle directly to PETA. I love fishing, I love and respect all big game species I fish for, but they are *still* a fish at the end of the day. As long as the method of catch/release/harvest is sustainable, I see absolutely no reason why a vocal part of the minority or majority should dictate to everyone else how they choose to fish. I catch and release 99.9999% of the fish I catch and some of the friends I know keep some fish to eat, some keep many fish, and I would never tell them not to as long as they are doing so in accordance with local regulations.

If we are going down this slope, we should only use 80# tippet for tarpon to ensure we bring them to the boat in minutes rather than 12, 16 or 20# gear. That would ensure that we don't tire a tarpon out excessively and cause possible mortality.

How is record hunting "not sustainable?" Taking a dozen tarpon over the year does not impact the fisheries at all compared to the indiscriminate harvesting of tarpon in Central American countries to use as fertilizer. It's a drop in the bucket.

To tell others that it's "not in the spirit" of fishing is just plain wrong IMHO. We all fish for our own reasons. Some of us are competitive, some of us very much so. Some of us fish simply to enjoy the moment. Nothing wrong with either approach and all approaches in between - it's a big enough world that we all should be able to enjoy fishing the way we like without people telling us what we do is somehow morally wrong whether it be dunking for bluegills on a dock, catch and release for billfish, or tournament fishing for tarpon or large mouth bass. Again at the end of the day, they *are* fish, and we do owe it to be stewards of our environment and our fisheries but it does not mean that killing one is somehow morally abhorrent.

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