For me fishing isn't just about catching fish.
It is about the solitude at times when I fish alone. It's about companionship when I have a friend or relative with.
It is about laughing and explaining how a fish grows after you catch it.
But, catching the fish is relatively easy...I catch more than I can eat. So, much of the year I am in Catch and release mode.
Releasing a fish isn't just throwing it back.
It is making sure that the fish is healthy enough to be returned to the water...if not, it needs to be kept, as long as regulations allow it.
Catch and Release is a way of ensuring that we keep healthy populations in our lakes and rivers.
This 4 pound bass went back into the water. Large fish produce a large amount of babies.