That's what I do when I want to eat one, which I like to do about once every 5 years or so. I can remember only three (3) searun cutts that I have kept from streams, tidal creeks, and rivers in the last 15 years. Those waters have a 14" minimum size limit. The fish I kept were chunky 15"-16" and bleeding profusely from their gills. They may have survived if I had released them. But I never gave 'em the chance. I may or may not bop another one for the table during my lifetime. If I'm hungry and camping along a river where its legal to retain one, well, I just might do so, and call it "dinner."