Couldn't agree more.A super fish to take off the top for sure. Still saddens me to see double figure bass killed for trophy shots though. I keep a few fish myself for the table, but if/when I am lucky enough to catch something on that scale, I wouldn't dream of keeping it. A few photos then back in the water. Thanks for sharing though, Hywel. Gives me hope for this weekend after the disappointing results last weekend!
3rded - it should have gone back ...A super fish to take off the top for sure. Still saddens me to see double figure bass killed for trophy shots though. I keep a few fish myself for the table, but if/when I am lucky enough to catch something on that scale, I wouldn't dream of keeping it. A few photos then back in the water. Thanks for sharing though, Hywel. Gives me hope for this weekend after the disappointing results last weekend!
Well put Mr Lewis.Ahhhh, you see this thing all the time. There are a vast number of people out there Sea Fishing, and plenty of them are not targetting Bass, nor do they have much knowledge about them (i know practically nothing about Ray's, Carp, etc . . . as i dont target them). So, one day, they catch a bonus Bass . . happy days.
I started Bass fishing in the first place because i wanted to catch Bass for the table. Now i very very rarely take a fish for the table. Ultimately it's the angers choice. I dont think there's any need to pontificate too much on this one anglers decision. It's a horrible pic - but how many of us have one? I have a horrible kitchen picture from last year. 7lb 1oz Bass. In reality it was a nightmare, and probably a crucial stepping stone to being far more conservation minded now.
A big Bass is not an easy meal to prepare for your average person. You cant fit it in the oven, and if others have my filletting skills, then that's a daunting prospect too. When i do keep a fish for the table these days, it's a 3 - 5lb fish, that will be eaten 'that day'. But if i take more than about 4 fish this year, i'll be amazed. I dont take a priest or a bag with me these days, it's just not in my thought process.
I would be very happy to see Bass become a 'sport' fish. There's probably a good way to go yet, but maybe one day? But for now, we just need to set a good example, and take a sensible view on it. If that angler joined our forum tomorrow, we wouldnt want to look like a bunch of preachy jobsworths - but hopefully we could educate him to carry a camera & scales, and to understand that the fish was probably as old as him, and perhaps his next one might get a lucky break.
TimOn a separate note, whilst I am delighted to see Henry has managed to encourage Sea Angler to publish a bass section and that our own Keith White has an article, I do think the photo section could be improved. The pics of double figure bass in people's kitchens will not encourage C&R - we need to set a better example if we can? How about we send them some of the terrific photos we see on the regular catch reports here of lure caught bass that are returned after their photo opportunity?