06-04-2005, 09:25 PM
I know that this has been covered many times on this board, but I would like to bring it up again. Today I was fishing at the NNReef. There was a boat off my port side that was catching 3 fish to my one. Problem was he was catching fish that were two small to keep. Everytime they would bring a fish on board it would take several minutes to get the hook out of the fish. It was clear to see that he was using J-hooks. You could see that the fish was gut hooked. I personally counted 9 fish that he released that were dead. Floating on top of the water. What a waste. From his actions and expressions I really don't think this bother this fellow one bit. I don't know what could have been done, but I was rather flustered. He could have caught just as many if he had used circle hooks and most would have been released with minimal damage.