I was just wondering if anyone else has ever pondered what the point really is of clipping the fins of fish taken by dipnet. I always do it, but can't think of a situation where it becomes necessary. I forgot my scissors at Chitina last week (my fault) and had to cut the fins with a knife. This gave me plenty of time for contemplation. I packed the whole fish out, but couldn't I have just legally filleted them right there without clipping the fins if the fish were never hidden from view?
I really think that the troopers are smart enough to sniff out a situation where someone posing as a dipnetter was poaching fish. The permit recording seems ample enough to me.
Anybody else have any thoughts here?