Re: 400mm

#18961
lalandi
Participant

As I said we were aware of the rules and that the trout had to be returned. I know the rule can’t be- Must not exceed 400mm unless dead or likely to die, otherwise every big trout would be deemed unlikely to survive. However…

Just because a trout swims away does not mean it has survived, it means it swam away. I have released trout only to find them belly up 1km down stream. I have also seen trout almost completely missing a gill plate that appeared healthy so it was a tough call. This trout was not going to survive and while 2 of us (me and the angler) were convinced it had to go back regardless the other two were just as adamant it was inhumane to release it and a very bad look for the next group of anglers down stream from us.

Apparently it was delicious.