Hi Ali Bhai, all the oldies and the noobs,
Long time... hope all you guys are doing well...
I recently logged on to IA after a while and saw this post and had to give my 2 cents to the whole exercise... I wish to make it clear beforehand that these comments are not targeted at any one person, but are just food for thought.
A long long time ago, on a forum far far away, I had put up the following post... http://www.indianangler.com/viewtopic.p ... highlight=
and what did it get us... a lot of back biting bullshit which hurt a lot of old timers on the forum... In essence, the exercise was not appreciated... and a lot of learned anglers have moved on... you know who all I speak off...
For a very long time I have been harping my lungs out about our very own IGFA (read INDIAN game fish assocation)... I will come to this later...
Defining endangered species and considering them all release category will be an obvious choice.
By Default, keeping in mind factors such as population pressure, pollution etc., all WILD fish should be considered endangered. We have absolutely no justification to say that its okay to take this species and not okay to take that species... All species are a part of an ecosystem, be it in a river, lake or pond... how can we justify disrupting a part of the eco system? Its an intricate web which needs to be managed and balanced in a bio dynamic manner. How can you save the tiger and kill the deer?
Releasing the female (Brooder Stock) should be considered.
Absolutely... I agree with you on this and there are no two ways around this... But lets face a few facts out here... many anglers cannot identify the fish they have caught, let alone be pros at sexual dimorphism in species... To add to it, fish handling tech. for a a safe release need to practiced... it no point mis-handling a fish and then releasing it back in the wild, just to let it suffer and die...
All hook ups in fishing are different, and there is absolutely no certain manner in which to tell how deep the hook set is going to be. Some can be safely removed with minimum harm to the fish, while others require surgery. So if one is squeamish about hurting fish, then DONT FISH... if you catch fish, you will hurt them... one way or another.
Fishing etiquette and spot management can be defined.
Please refer to earlier post.... IA Etiquette.
As for as this forum goes, posting of dead fishes, gory pictures and discussing the fish as food may be discouraged.
Why? What ever happened to freedom of speech and all that jazz. To add to it let me ask a very basic question: Why does one go fishing? Most anglers on this forum, I'm sure, enjoy a nice curry or tikka once in a while... whats wrong with that? It is your choice as an angler to do as you wish with your catch. By not posting pics or not talking about it is just pretending that all is well. Should all of us stick our heads in the sand... Talk about it... thats how its done... Gandhi beat the colonial empire by talking about it... not by hiding... There are better ways to discourage anglers from killing fish than by removing pictures and chiding people for killing fish... people will still kill fish... they will just do it quietly and we will not know about it.
With reference to an angling association, I would like to inform every one that work is on to setup an association and about 600 odd anglers from across the country have offered their support. I will be happy to share the details with any of you regarding this. Please pm me your email ids if you wish to know more. I will gladly email you the info.
At the end of it, I regret if anyone has been offended by my post in any manner. That was not my intention. I mean well and hope that more of go out there and catch monsters and that our kids too can catch monsters one day... No offence meant to ANYONE on this... just a few points to ponder...