There are no limits on the time spent on the water that someone tallies against your overall allotment. Now having said that, catching is another can of worms altogether. I’ve been out on the water and watched boatload after boatload of people bringing in limits, sometimes as many as three hundred fish. Were they legal? Most likely, but you’ve got to question the logic behind taking all of those fish.
Many people have the attitude, “I’m going to catch enough for my four and no more.” Really? There are limits placed on different species with the idea that this is the maximum allowed per person. If you take one more, John Law will take it away, your tackle and boat. My thought is why not just have a good time and take enough for a meal or two and leave it at that.
I remember floating down a small river in southwest Colorado. I had three of my sons with me and we caught over 80 trout in a six hour period. Did we keep them? No, we didn’t, we kept a brace of cutthroats for a shore lunch. You know trout, arctic grayling and char are the best when caught and grilled immediately. On that particular day we used both spinning and fly rods. It seems the color yellow was especially productive in the humpy pattern. While the yellow with red spots Panther Martin 3/16 inline spinner was the one that was favored by all species of trout such as browns, rainbows and cutthroat.
We floated the river in a drift boat, the closest you’ll get to heaven on this earth. We were in an inflatable raft with a rowing frame and the kids had a ball. It wasn’t every cast they caught trout, but darn near. Four pound test is my favorite monofilament and an improved cinch knot is my preference. Casting upstream on the inside edge of a curve or six feet out from an undercut bank produced trout up to 20 inches.
I started practicing catch and release when I was tournament fishing. It seemed like the right thing to do. After all, I could catch as many as I wanted to, anytime I wanted to, so why not give back. Well it got to the point the only time I ate fish was when I went to a restaurant and all I could get was tilapia. What the heck is that anyway? Now I’ve drifted back to where I will take only what I will use for a meal sometimes two. I haven’t hurt the population and I’m not in danger of being ostracized by the purists out there.
Fishing is a sport where anyone can participate. Take someone this weekend and remember ketchup goes with everything.