Light Tackle - C&R (long-winded)
Personally my C&R observations and beliefs have come full circle regarding how I fish.
I used to be convinced that just the act of releasing fish, in and of itself, was the right thing to do. Now I believe the major factor is HOW you fish.
My saltwater rigging has run from 8 -12 # tippets (trying to be sporting) to 15# once I started to think I could catch larger fish, to 20# once I tried to release a 42" striper that I has exhuasted & wound up killing, to now using 20, 25 & 40# as the situation/ targeted fish disctates. I know that I can put the screws to a fish and now worry about how much my fly rod can take.
Just trying to start a conscious discussion re: stressing out fish & releasing them.
Food for thought, interested in any one elses opinions/ observations.