To be fair most of the comments from this and other threads show that the general opinion is that fishing for food is acceptable as that is a natural part of life. It is the playing with fish that gives the most concern, C&R is not the same as fishing, one is for food the other for pleasure. If any other animal was treated in the same way as fish are in C&R angling the perpetrators would be in court, the difference being fish do not have a voice so can not scream to show their distress or pain.
Originally Posted by sk8r
A point to consider is Riparian rights were formed to protect fishing as a valuable food source long before Angling became a sport, do they equally protect the right to play with the fish for enjoyment? (NOTE I use the term playing as it is the term used by anglers not as a derogatory remark)
"Rules are for the obedience of fools and the guidance of wise men"
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