It is stupid. All the dip netters I've talked to do it to stock the freezer. Nobody wants to sell their fish. Clipping with a knife is a pain. Scissors work best, but why should we have to lug extra gear that doesn't multi-task?
Who clips tails? I've done it just because I saw others do it and figured they knew ADFG was checking. Never been asked or inspected.
Most the time I don't. Sometimes I fillet right on the spot making the legal reason for it pointless. So two things:
1. Has anybody been fined for not clipping?
2. Do you think the rule for clipping has merit?
If no on the latter, we do have a method to get the rule changed if enough of us agree.