Our favorite Bahamian megalomaniac likes to imply (or outright state) that the proposed flats fishing regulations are NEEDED in part because the unguided anglers just kill so many fish (50% is a number he threw out in one conversation) due to poor handling.
Poor handling does kill fish. Mostly, it kills the fish by rendering them unable to flee from predators like cudas and sharks. It is a real thing and the Bonefish & Tarpon Trust has solid recommendations here.
So… how does the charge stand up that unguided anglers are killing the fish with their horrible handling and a solution is to restrict DIY fishing and force access through guides only?
Well… you should do a Google image search for “Bahamas bonefish” and see how many poor handling shots are either by guides or on guide boats.
Go ahead… I’ll wait here until you get back.
Yeah… I’m going to say that this might not be the solution.
Of course, there are Bahamian guides with an excellent handle on handling. There are also Unguided Anglers with a pretty good track record on this front as well.
So… let’s just call that whole line of argument what it is… utter bull crap.
While we are at it… anyone know who this guide is showing off his remarkable fish handling skillz with a client?
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