Confessions of a Catch and Release Angler
In a micro context, that’s scary stuff. It would put anyone off keeping a 3 pound fish for consumption. I think though that we’d all be better served in looking at that regulation in totality.
How frequently over the next 40 years of my life am I likely to consume a fish plucked from a NYS waterway? I think to say it would be more than 5 or 6 times a year would be a gross exaggeration.
But it’s the 1 pound once a week that always sticks in my mind.
On March 9th, six days before walleye closed for the season in order to protect their spawning run, I hooked into a nice 18 incher. I was fishing with a man that LOVES to eat fish he catches, and we had discussed the possibility while hauling our kayaks down to the water of having some for dinner that night.
So as I removed the hook from the walleye’s mouth, I was really in an interesting position.