Angler pre-season thoughts: to keep or to replicate?
As anglers we are all in search of those “trophy” fish. Some may deny it, but deep down, we all want to catch a fish that we can hang on the wall, remembering every last detail about that day and that catch.
This brings up a great question that I have been faced with on many occasions: Do you keep that fish and have a skin mount done or do you get good photos and have a replica made?
The debate about catch-and-release is an age-old question when it comes to many species of fish. There are arguments for both sides and I cannot really tell you which side I am on at any given point. I do know that both play an important role in the health of a lake’s fish population.
I’ll get more into this topic in the April 6 issue of Illinois Outdoor News.