I am a kayaker and I had the opportunity of witnessing a fisherman and his girl partner by Shirley town bridge on Willow creek totally abuse the rainbows with their selfish photo opps. They dropped the fish from at least 4 ft., took pictures for what seemed like a minute while the fish wiggled on the rocks.
Long story short, I yelled at them and reminded them Willow is a sanctuary for rainbow trout and to respect the fish. After a few quick excuses which didn't fly, I asked him if he would have done that with Fish and game there, Over 30 years of fishing Alaska's streams I have seen the declines in populations, and seemingly size reductions in certain fish. As residents we must react to this kind of behavior and put a damper on it. I probably should not have f bombed him but it was ridiculus.
I really wanted to bounce his head off the rocks, grab his feet and hold him under water for a minute or so then go from there, but I'm kind of a nice guy.
Was I wrong, or is this acceptable amongest the average fishermen?