Posted: September 17th, 2014 by Bill Dance
When I think about all the positive changes made in the sport of fishing, and a few that I may have helped contribute to, the one that sticks out most in my mind is the change in attitudes regarding catch-and-release.
It’s true I was also there when we strung bass up in big numbers. It was a different time, and a different mindset. But it soon became a reality that catch-and-release was needed and the realization that we needed to protect our resource became not only a notion, but also a reality. A lot of ingenuity and some great promotional work certainly helped. (If you want to read more about the history of it all you can read that here. )
The catch-and-release movement became a big part of the fabric of fishing. As I reflect on it, I now realize it was going green in a way, and recycling long before recycling was even on the radar of most people. But were recycling fish and not cans, cardboard or plastic.
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