I have read a lot of threads on this site that use this term a lot. Often it's used to deride someone when they do something that someone else disagrees with. Particularly catch and release. I myself love the sport of fishing but I consider myself, merely a fisherman. I love the camraderie of this past time, but often it seems there is an eliteist attitude among a lot of those who consider themselves "true sportsmen". I often practice catch and release. I have never kept a largemouth (because I've never caught one) or a smallmouth. I guess my point of this thread is to determine what constitues a "true sportsman". Is there a clearly defined code or is it all opinion-based? I'm not starting this thread to bash anyone or get something started. I am merely trying to get clarification. If anyone could point me to a code that is clearly defined, I'd greatly appreciate it. Also I believe it could help a lot of people on this forum who are looking to become "true sportsmen".