Big Dave -
I was pleasantly surprised to see that studies show BFT to be fairly hardy after release. Of course I am not sure the methods they used and whether the size samples coincide but when I see all those bloody lift and grin photos I worried about the mortality of juveniles between these sensible kill seasons.
The pinger tests show that they hang in there after careful handling, superficial hooking and rapid fighting.
Not sure how well they survive after the light tackle battle, if they fall prey to sharks or die of exhaustion it might make more sense to have only a kill season shut it down the rest of the time for angling. Not enough evidence to support one or the other it seems.
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