Skip, It's been that way in freshwater for at least 20 maybe 30 years. Why is saltwater so far behind the times?I read that too but they let an important thing out.
A fish that is caught - then released is worth double.
Caught and released yet again - value is tripled.
Years ago I took my family to Florida and we did the tourist airboat ride. While waiting there at the marina - overheard a couple local bass guides talking. The one guide guaranteed a 10 pound LM Bass - but required a three day booking.
The one guide kidded him - asking how much he had made off that one ten pounder - they called it a pet. Seems they knew where it hung out and fished live shiners for it - many times.
Perfect example of how much a fish can be worth - C/R can really add to it's value.
Skip - you might not want to bring this up. While some who tag fish have caught them again, and others have caught fish that were tagged by others, I would bet that, if studied, less then 5% of tagged fish have reportedly been caught again. Opponents of C&R would argue that this means 95% of those fish died from the C&R&tagging....who's to prove otherwise?Tagging has proven fish are caught more then once.
There is NO way a released fish could ever live:hysterical:well maybe 5%:eek2: unbelievable...and Diamond Jim is dead toodoh opcorn:............GarySkip - you might not want to bring this up. While some who tag fish have caught them again, and others have caught fish that were tagged by others, I would bet that, if studied, less then 5% of tagged fish have reportedly been caught again. Opponents of C&R would argue that this means 95% of those fish died from the C&R&tagging....who's to prove otherwise?
Just as a "For instance"...How many fish did Maryland release in the Diamond Jim contest? How many of those were reportedly caught? Anybody know?
This is EXACTLY my point. If I were against C&R my first response was "You left out 1 simple reason....the fish died, prove to me it didn't"Longtail - Tagged fish returns vary greatly. Overall - it is about 3%.
Lots of reasons why a tagged fish that is caught is not reported. Can be as simple as the angler did not call / send it back.
Never mind.....you know it all.Guess the counter point would be - prove to me it did , not to be a wise a$$.
Tagged fish have been caught many years after being released.
In saltwater - the tagged fish can move many miles , even to another state , heck even another country in some species.
In freshwater - very common to catch a fish that has been C/R before. The fish are somewhat contained. Some are tagged , others have a hook scar in their jaw. Trout near Frederick , Md are prime example. Some creeks are C/R fishing only.
I grew up fishing a small 3 acre pond. Over the years , myself and others caught the same LM Bass year after year.
100% sure since some had odd scars , missing an eye , hump back , etc - that let us indentify them. Fun watching how they grew.
Even in that small pond - some years one of the Bass would not be caught , then next year get caught 2-3 times.
If fish are handled correctly , fought with proper tackle and released quickly - very good chance they live.
Now a fish put in a cooler - it is 100% a dead fish.