Duffer, I'm really worried about you man. repressing emotions the way you do can cause really bad things, like testicular freezeup--- I wish you'd cut loose for once and just make one totally frank post, without all the PC pandering. You can't worry so much about other people's feelings at the expense of your own, bro, it's not good for you.:rofl: I honor the fish I catch, big and little, by either releasing them gently and promptly, keeping them in the water; or in the case of brats, giving them a wood shampoo, yanking a gill out, and eating them with great enjoyment. Don't care if you agree with me on that. Everybody I know knows about postrelease mortality, but trying to avoid it is still a good thing. I judge people who mishandle wild fish for the sake of pictures. I don't regret that. I don't care if you don't like it. I kill time during the workweek on the net...I notice you do too. what exactly is your criticism? That some guys have an opinion about it? Or that everybody who's seen those pix is a bit jealous? of course, you are too. Be honest. ...wait, I get it. You're saying this guy, a GUIDE, mishandled this huge and genetically valuable fish because he was excited out of his mind, maybe didn't know better. It was laying on the beach while he's unrolling his tape, man. And you're saying I, a guy you've never met, drank with or fished with, would do exactly the same. or did I miss something there too. perhaps not having caught a 40#er yourself, I can consider your judgementalism nonsense too huh?