My two cents......
I've been brought up by and alongside fishermen of old all of whom have fished for 30 - 40 yrs plus now..... and i think what we have in india is a developing fishing scene. there are old school and new school fishermen. and i think this is where lies the difference and also the key to understanding each other and securing a future for this passion.
some old school anglers have been through a big change in the fishing scene and also a big change in environmental and economic factors... not so long ago there were many fish in our rivers and our seas, and idea of taking all fish caught on a trip did not seem that much a big of a deal..... There were also far fewer anglers around. Thoughts of "there are many more fish in the sea" and when the first signs of a dwindling population would have been visible it would have been very easy to say "today they were not biting" or "it was the wrong time of the year" and so on and sometimes its hard to change something that u have been doing for 30 years.... For me growing up with catch and take home, it was quite alien for me to catch and release and its something im getting my mind around... on my last trip i did release 50% of the fish i caught(i only caught 4). It's a complete change in mindset that needs to be made.... but being a fan of "Monster fish" & "river monsters" now my mind is open to what is happening and what makes most sense.
Now we have clear indications of a problem and also access to much more info than we had years ago so now i think that it's everyone responsibility to see this change for what it is. We now have a voice and a great forum for interacting with like minded people and its up to us to make the most of it, for tight lines tomorrow and for many more years to come.
Till a few weeks ago i only new of family members who fished and some friends made by chance who shared my passion. Today i have seen that there are at least 30 members on this forum who are just from pune! something i never imagined!
I also think that this is something that needs to be spoken about and this will educate new people, having rules or coercing people to toe the line
may not be the right approach. listening to peoples opinions is also a great insight. 'Know thy enemy" sort of thing
What is required is more information... hows about a thread on fish species in India and their fishing seasons, breeding times, recommendations on sizes to release, biggest record and endangered status? and another on handling instructions? I'm happy to help start building a database on fish species...
Like i said my two pence.....
Alan the enlightened? LOL