This is a valid question and is one that the team at Catch and Release Fishing have discussed for many an hour on the water and off. There are plenty of proponents one way and the other, including the late, great Lee Wulff, a leader in the fly fishing world, who said, “Game fish are too valuable to be caught only once.” We, of course, agree with him completely.
C&R fishing, which is short for catch and release fishing, is the practice within recreational fishing intended as a conservation technique. When the fish is captured, it is unhooked and then released back into the water. Using barbless fishing hooks, removing the fish without taking the fish out of the water is possible.
Conservation VS Preservation
When discussing hunting, fishing, and trapping there are two terms that come up often. These are conservation and preservation. Unfortunately, most people do not know the difference. Both can be a very good thing if managed properly.
Catch and release fishing is a process whereby a fish is caught it is returned to the water unharmed so that it survives and continues its existence in its natural environment. This practice improves native fish populations by allowing more fish to remain and reproduce in the ecosystem. It also provides an opportunity for increasing numbers of anglers to enjoy fishing and to catch fish successfully