Posted by Marc, a resident of the Amador Estates neighborhood, on Feb 8, 2012 at 6:31 pm
These are the kind of stories that forced me to quit fishing after 34 years. Why on earth would you keep a fish like this? Teach your child conservation and in fact unless your fishing for the dinner table then there is no reason what-so-ever to be fishing. Instead of recognizing the magnificence of such a species and leaving it unharmed we trick ourselves into thinking we have achieved some great accomplishment. Wrong! You just killed an apex predator for no reason other than to stuff your freezer. So sad....
Posted by Mitchell, a resident of the Ruby Hill neighborhood, on Feb 8, 2012 at 6:45 pm
Some people like to fish to be with their friends, be in the fresh air like me. Even if I don't catch any fish I go home with a smile on my face because I had a good time no matter what. Eric is there because he loves everything about fishing so cut him some slack he's not trying to kill apex predators.
Posted by Don osborne, a resident of another community, on Feb 8, 2012 at 7:47 pm
Eric, Congradulations young man. I have been trying to catch and certify a giant like that one you caught for over 10 years. I believe you tried to let the fish go. I believe the fish did not swim away. In very cold water a fish that size needs sunlight to warm her to get her going so to speak. For all you young guns ou there, in the future when you catch a winter bass when you let them go it takes a few minutes to regain strength to swim off. Next time release in the sun and in enough water so her back is in the water walk away and come back in 5 minutes or so and check on her. Chances are this fish would have revived and lived to fight again. Again Congrats for a fish of a life time
Posted by M, a resident of the Vintage Hills Elementary School neighborhood, on Feb 8, 2012 at 8:59 pm
Marc-- please clarify because I truly don't understand (38 y.o. female here!) You fished for 34 years but don't anymore because, why? And the 34 years you fished was out of necessity to put food on the table?