Doubtful he will give your thoughts more than 10 seconds thought. You land/treat fish that way its because that's the way 'you've always done it.'Rather than chasing the guy down the beach with a stick, one should first try and educate they fellow on how to properly handle a fish that is set to return to the water.
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I did not justify what was done nor do I condone it. What I said was nobody showed him. This fellow showed up as I was leaving the beach every morning for weeks. I stayed a couple times and watched him learn to cast and had a coffee with him. He just does not know I never saw him catch a fish but it is obvious he did. He did try to communicate and ask questions I think that if some one took the time and helped him instead of watching the fiasco then he would have learned properly. I did not see one person on the beach there showing him what was right what was wrong nor trying to show him the difference between species. The whole beach knew he was learning as well as we all talked about it. There are a few weeks on that stretch you can catch steelhead, Coho, Springs,Sockeye and Pink in the same day. I do not believe in burning a fellow for making a mistake it is when the mistake is repeated my attitude changes. He did way better than a few of the other people along that stretch I turned in for killing steelhead and they were from the area I have seen them before these are the people that should have their fishing rights revoked. I do not know if the fisheries did show up or not but I do know there was no hope for the fish they killed. That happened more than once this year on that stretch of river.Ignorance does NOT make this right. This is about angler responsibility and knowing the rules before you go out on the water. There is no shortage of information on the subject of catch-and-release handling. Keep them in the water unless it's a salmon to be bonked. The local crowd at Ferry island is one of the worst examples of how the two-handed sport should be conducted.
We all started somewhere, and perhaps we all haven't handled fish the way we should have, but a point of recognition of fault is needed so these habits are not perpetuated.
I was surprised none of those other anglers showed him the proper way too. I appreciate you playing devils advocate but this is pretty cut and dry. Going to a foreign country and disrespecting it in such a way; whether it be the trees, fish, people, sidewalk, anything, is wrong. Someone not showing him is no excuse for treating a fish in such a poor manner. Hope he never comes backI did not justify what was done nor do I condone it.
I am not playing devils advocate here. I am just saying no one knows this gentleman and he is not here to defend himself. I do not think it is fair to pick a video up off the internet repost it and publicly roast a guy that you have not spent the time to get to know. It is no better than what is shown in the video.I was surprised none of those other anglers showed him the proper way too. I appreciate you playing devils advocate but this is pretty cut and dry. Going to a foreign country and disrespecting it in such a way; whether it be the trees, fish, people, sidewalk, anything, is wrong. Someone not showing him is no excuse for treating a fish in such a poor manner. Hope he never comes back