I feel like I should say something, now that Salar-1 has raised the topic.
Kissing fish during a long moonlit walk while holding hands and chatting amicably..... just grosses me out. Every time I see a picture or video of the 'act', I am reminded that most North American anglers are simply NOT fish people.
Politics. So far the enviro-activists have given catch and release anglers a free pass and the animal rights/fish rights activists have had little impact. I would not count on this comfortable status quo going forward.
Currently you still have lots of 'fish people' and folks like fishery biologists who might understand catch and release as a selective fishing tool but otherwise see current practices as ethically wanting. To understate the case.
At a very minimum, the 'keep 'em wet' convention should minimize the potential for anglers to further play and amuse themselves with the fish as it is about to be released.
Science is not common sense. Much of it is devoted to a systematic documentation of what we do not know and understand.
Last edited by ENSO; 06-17-2019 at 04:13 PM.