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    Quote Originally Posted by bettagurl View Post
    I used to love it, but as I got older I realized how completely cruel it was for me to hook something through it's mouth when I have plenty of food at home, or simply for my enjoyment if it's going to be released.
    If you need to kill these creatures because food is too expensive for you, then go ahead.. But I won't fish again, I don't NEED to to live.

    I'm the same with hunting, and a lot of people do live mostly on what they kill, so no problem if you need the meat.
    Somebody somewhere killed what is in your fridge, so I have a hard time with your statements about it being cruel. So it is ok for something to get killed for you to eat as long as you don't have to do it yourself? The cow that was smacked in the head with a hammer and had its throat cut so you could have a nice steak did not have a fighting chance, the fish on the other end of the line does. And when I take him off of the hook, he swims away and is chasing bait fish 5 minutes later. So, unless you are a vegan you are a hypochrite.

    Biologists have documented that fish do not feel pain. There mouths are cartilage, there are no nerves to transmit pain. Humans are omnivores, we are designed to eat meat. Is it cruel for bears to eat salmon?





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    I fish ALL the time. My two favorite things in the world are keeping aquariums and fishing.



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    I ABSOLUTELY LOVE fishing....as you can see by my avatar - lol The sturgeon in my avatar is my biggest to date - 8 ft 2"
    We are out on the river at least 3 times a week...( Sturgeon is my favorite it is a total catch and release fishery ) -
    But I also love fishing for all the local/ in season salmon varieties - sockeye, chum, pink, coho and steelhead....etc.
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    LOL. I can't even watch people fish. My sons fish and they are not allowed to bring any fish home. I just feel bad for the fish.



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    I fish every chance I get; freshwater, in the bay and offshore. I eat what I catch. My favorites are fresh crappie and flounder.

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    I fish all the time, but I only do catch and release. I also catch my own bait, for some reason it makes me feel better about killing the bait fish.
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    Yes, I fish in lakes, ponds, and streams all the time. I take home and eat some of the fish I catch. Yes, sometimes I feel bad for the fish and bait fish, but to me it's no different from eating chicken. (It didn't come from a magical meat machine you know!)
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    Quote Originally Posted by bettagurl View Post
    I used to love it, but as I got older I realized how completely cruel it was for me to hook something through it's mouth when I have plenty of food at home, or simply for my enjoyment if it's going to be released.
    If you need to kill these creatures because food is too expensive for you, then go ahead.. But I won't fish again, I don't NEED to to live.

    I'm the same with hunting, and a lot of people do live mostly on what they kill, so no problem if you need the meat.
    I'm exactly the same. I can't comprehend the enjoyment in taking another awesome creature's life. Catch and release fishing seemed like a good idea to me - until years ago one swallowed the hook and I cried. That's the last time I fished.
    I think I'll just stay home and look at my fish tanks.



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    I love to fish! I fish any chance I get. I also love my aquarium fish. Most of the time I use artificial lures except when I fish with my kids or if I ice fish I sometimes use minnows. When I freshwater fish, 99% of the time I catch and release but on occasion I'll take a fish dinner home. When I deep sea fish for cod, haddock and pollock if it is legal size I stock my freezer with fillets.



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    Not badmouthing some of you here but like someone said, unless you are vegan, live in a 100% eco friendly house and peddle your bicycle to school or work don't feel superior. Fish are a lower order of animals. They have limited capacity to feel and do not "think" as we do. Although they struggle when caught they do not feel pain as we feel it. If you eat fish sticks, hamburger or any meat at all please don't respond saying fishing is cruel. In that train of thought so is capturing fish in the wild, moving them thousands of miles to live out their life in a small fish tank for the remainder of their life.

    Personally I love to fish. Went today. 5 of us caught 24 trout and 2 sauger. We cleaned them and will enjoy them later this week. I was taught from an early age where my food comes from and have no qualms about it. I do not eat store bought hamburger and rarely eat wild fish out. Because I have worked in both commercial fishing operations and slaughter houses and know what happens in the real world. If you want to do something you can feel good about stop eating shrimp. Commercial shrimping destroys many more non-target animals than shrimp.

    fishnfvr, where are you catching the sturgeon? I would love to catch one. The closest we can get is snagging paddlefish although we do eat them...



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