...that is the question.
the issue of whether to keep or release fish, bass (calico and sandbass alike) in particular, has been a VERY heated topic on the private boaters fishing reports board over the years. it pops up a few times a year and generally does so as a "reply" to a fishing report someone has posted. and it usually, though not always, comes up when someone tells the original poster that he/she should have released the fish they legally caught. that, in my own personal opinion, has caused some people to either leave allcoast altogether, or to remain a lurker out of fear of being blasted for keeping a fish, not keeping a fish, doing something wrong, ect....
in no way, shape, or form, am i pointing fingers at anyone. i'm also not trying to tell people to keep their opinions to themselves. i personally think people having opinions is a good thing, no matter what side they're on. and debating topics is a great way for everyone to become more informed on topics. but i think it should be done in its own thread, and not done as a "reply" on someone else's fishing report.
so here's my proposal to EVERYONE on allcoast, and to the moderators of allcoast:
let's use THIS thread to let people voice their opinions about keeping or releasing bass. no opinion will be kept quiet. if you think all bass should be released say so. if you think bass over 3 pounds should be released great. if you think it's the angler's choice to keep them or release them i want to hear about it. any and all opinions will be kept on this thread. and if people have scientific data (links to other sites with information about growth rates, reproduction habits, # of eggs big females produce compared to smaller females, ect...) that would be GREAT as well.
i'm guessing/hoping this thread will get into the area of about 100 or more replies. at that point, or at some point after there are say 40 or more replies, the moderators should anchor this thread for the rest of time, forever staying at the top of the Private Boater's BS Board (or whatever the name ends up as) EDITED TO ADD: or put it some other place that's easy to get to, not necessarily at the top of this board. from that point on, when someone posts a fishing report about the epic sandbass or calico bite they got into, and how they kept them all, released them all, kept some, released some, ect..., if you don't agree with their actions you can simply refer them to this thread to help educate that person on the topic.
EXAMPLE: (the report reads) fished HB flats today for full limits of sandbass up to 5 pounds. they bit 'dines, anchovies, and plastics equally. released some, and kept some for dinner.
in your opinion, you don't agree with my actions. HOWEVER, instead of telling me i should have released all the fish, or kept all the fish, you can simply say something like:
congrats on a great day glendon. sounds like a blast. there's a great debate on whether or not to keep bass here (and then insert the link for this thread).
this will allow the person posting the report to take a look at the debate if he/she wants to, and in their own time. and they won't feel attacked, offended, or otherwise for posting a report. this, in my opinion, will keep people posting, keep people at allcoast, and hopefully make the private boater's fishing reports board better.
anyway, maybe this is all a pipe-dream, but i for one would LOVE to have the private boater's fishing report board back to the way it once was. FULL OF REPORTS. and in my opinion, i think this will help, even if just a little bit.
ps let the games begin.
EDITED TO ADD: not trying to cause problems here, just suggesting something that i thought MIGHT make things better.