The fact we don’t hear of many instances of tournament anglers being docked for bringing in “short” fish (those less than the prescribed minimum size for an event) is a departure from earlier days. It might even reflect a stronger ethical climate in the West.
And after agonizing a few times, myself, over fish that barely make it, or maybe don’t, I understand there is a crisis moment. When you need that fifth fish, even if it barely adds a pound or so to the total weight. There’s that risk. (more…)