I talked to a new neighbor the other day to get to know what he was about. I talked about kayaking and fishing. He immediately kind of scowled and said, "I don't do much fishing, but I enjoy eating fish. What I can't stand is those catch and release guys. Ripping fish out of their natural environment, threatening their lives, just for the thrill of it." Well, that's me... It put an end to the fishing conversation.
But I started thinking about it... I had always considered myself a respectful person of nature and of fish in general. I support the Fish and Game Departments, I generally only keep what I eat that day, I use only single hooks and as small as possible.
It's true though, we like to trick fish into taking our lures for the excitement and our pleasure. We stick hooks through the back of their eyes, tear up their esophogus and then say, thanks for the thrill, see-ya-later-bye. Anyways, the conversation was kind of a downer and I have been trying to rationalize and ligitmize my behavior since. Of course my wife is all over this idea now - that catch and release is unethical - hoping to curb my enthusiasiam and plan more travel to resorts than outback excursions.
I need help fellas to win this war of words. What's the rationalization to continue my behavior? Much appreciated.