Catch and Release Sport Fishers hiding who really catches their fish?
ago shooting big animals to say you did it, stuff it for your wall,
or get a trophy photo of yourself looming over the motionless beast,
seemed like a cool thing to do for many tourists. When the animals
started disappearing, big game hunting began to appear to be more of
a ego trip. Trophy catch and release sportfishing for fish might be
headed on the same course, for the same reasons.
sportfishing to eat fish will be around as long as there are fish,
trophy fishing for endangered large animals to release might not last
too much longer. As happened before with the fashion of big game
hunting in Africa for Europeans, as more people find out what trophy
fishing really entails, the mystique is being shattered. A heap of
porters and a bunch of beasts of burden doing most of the work, once
their roll was understood, took much of the glory out of big game
hunting because the glory was theirs. And wealthy tourists didn’t
really need or want to eat lions, tigers and rhinos.
catch and release crowd of sport fishing is pretty darn similar. The
glory belongs to the mates and captain who, almost always do the vast
majority of the work. A thousand or so horsepower seems to help a
lot as well. Watching, it can be difficult to figure out what some
of the “sportfishers” do other than sit, sip, and reel the reel
sometimes, often letting the mates do much of the reeling. The mates
will then grab the fish, take the hook out, and put the “sport
fisher” in position with the fish for a photo. Then a mate will
often be the one to take the photo of somebody holding the fish he
the sportfisher comes back and tells everyone he caught a great
beast, but since the great beasts are disappearing, he was grand
enough to let it go. Wow. Dude.
do know people who really do battle these fish themselves, from
fueling up the boats, to baiting the hooks, to hours sweating as they
finesse a powerful giant to the boat without breaking the line, to
gaffing it, hauling it in, killing it and then taking it home to
their family or community. They kill the fish because this type of
fisher usually does not go after endangered species that need to be
released. They fish for food, and with their expert skill they
target other species.
is what the sport fishing industry should do. Forget about billfish,
they are in danger. Catching billfish stresses the creature big time
and only contributes to their problems. Or did you think this macho
battle was easy on the fish?
you really need to catch billfish to release them? For what? To
study them to find out why they are disappearing? There are a lot of
other fish in the sea. You will be just as tough and cool catching
those. Even better if you bring home some catch to feed the hungry.
future of terrestrial big game conservation and economic generation
was ecotourism, not tourists hunting lions and elephants and gazelle.
The future of ocean big game moneymaking and protection will be
adventure ecotourism, not catching and releasing endangered sailfish,
marlin and sharks.
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