I’ve seen the pictures from my dad’s youth… the ones where he stands there with stringers full of steelhead from some Northern CA river. The past, they say, is a different country and they do things differently there. There was no concern that we’d over fish a run of fish. The idea seemed absurd. The oceans and rivers are timeless and massive and we are so fleeting and small.
And then we pretty much destroyed those things.
This picture isn’t of my dad, as this was in 1916, but the theme is the same. Think they ate all those fish? They certainly didn’t have a fridge plugged in at home, so odds are that most of those fish didn’t feed anyone. Just wanton slaughter.
I should say that I’m not a party boat kind of guy. I don’t like that style of fishing, I don’t do it and I don’t know that much about it. So, maybe it is out of ignorance that I draw the parallel and I’ll be the first to admit there are plenty of things I don’t know enough about to have totally valid opinions.
In this day and age, is there really any species of fish that we should be really proud of catching and killing and stringing up by the dozens? In the modern era is this sort of thing still OK?
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