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Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by fishingful, Feb 22, 2008.
so who here considers themselves an sportsman?
you left out "all the above"
but actually i can relate to 1-3.
for a whole lot of reasons.... too many to type out.
Not sure of the definition of the word sportsman.
But consider myself an upright angler as Im sure many on this web site would.
This short story was published on ESPNs web site a few years ago. It speaks volumes.
Uncle Guy tilted the outboard motor on the old, wooden johnboat. An abandoned trotline was twisted tightly around the propeller.
"You like catfishing, don't you, boy?" he asked as he began cutting the old line away.
"Yes, sir," I answered.
"Do a little trotlining, too, don't you?"
"Let this be a lesson to you then," he said. "An upright angler doesn't leave his line where it'll trouble someone else.
"When he left, the fellow who was fishing this line could just as easily have cut it and took it out of the way where it wouldn't have bothered us. Now we'll spend the next 15 minutes trying to cut if off instead of fishing."
After incidents such as that, Uncle Guy often talked about "the upright angler," upright being his synonym for ethical or principled.
"An upright angler wouldn't leave a trotline that way," he'd tell me.
"An upright angler doesn't throw his trash all up and down the river," my uncle would say, pointing to garbage floating along the banks.
"An upright angler takes care not to spill gas in the water when he's topping his outboard motor tank," he'd note, topping off his own tank.
"Today's releases are tomorrow's trophies" is a motto that is shared by all upright anglers.
"An upright angler takes only the fish he needs to eat, and puts the rest back for another day."
Thing was, Uncle Guy didn't just talk about the upright angler; he was the upright angler.
It's important that all of us work together to protect our fisheries and the lakes and rivers on which they depend. Without clean water and healthy environments, there will be no fishing.
We also should show respect and consideration for other people who use those resources. We need to set a good example for others to follow and leave positive images of fishermen for those who don't fish.
Here are some ways all of us can help:
When regulations allow and you want some fish to eat, practice restrictive harvest. Release trophy fish and keep some smaller ones for dinner.
Voluntary catch-and-release is a good way to protect and perpetuate trophy fisheries. Shoot some photos for memory's sake, then carefully release the fish unharmed.
We should all do our part to keep our waters clean and protect the natural beauty of wild places for the future.
Properly dispose of used fishing line. Many animals die each year after becoming entangled in carelessly discarded line. Other trash kills, too, including plastic six-pack rings, plastic bags, bottle caps and even old fishing lures and cigarette butts.
Don't drop any trash in the water, even if it sinks. Save everything including bait boxes, minnow bags, hook containers, broken bobbers, drink cans and leftover bait for proper disposal at home.
If you fish with jugs, trotlines, limblines, nets or yo-yos, take them with you when you leave. These items are a major form of unsightly garbage and can be extremely dangerous to boaters, swimmers and wildlife.
When wading, disturb the streambed as little as possible to protect the delicate habitats there.
Avoid purposely introducing non-native fish species or discarding unused live bait in favorite fishing waters. If an unwanted species gains a foothold, it can wreak havoc on natural ecosystems.
Read your local fishing regulations guide cover to cover this year, and stick by the rules all the rules year-round. Obtain the proper licenses. Obey creel and possession limits. Use only legal equipment and methods of harvest.
Avoid spilling fuel and oil when filling your motor. These chemicals are deadly to aquatic life.
If every angler would pitch trash where it belongs, visits to our lakes and streams would be much more enjoyable.
Share the joys of fishing with children. They are the future of fishing. Teach them the feeling of satisfaction that comes from being an upright angler. Discuss the importance of being a responsible angler. Explain your personal code of ethics, and encourage them to "do the right thing" when enjoying the outdoors.
Yea, What he said
All I can say is "DITTO" Blue Pikes post.............