I think most of the BOC members can agree that we as fishermen have to be on the front line of conservation. The continuation of our sport begins and ends with us. That being said,are we as fishermen over doing the whole catch & release. I realize this is a touchy subject and it has been discussed many times. I know that as a group we want all the little fish to grow up and become big fish. And we believe that by letting the little fish go we are doing the right thing to insure that. But we could be cutting off our noses to spite our faces. The real question is,are we practicing catch & release,or reverse selective harvest? Studies indicate that long term catch & release can indeed impact a fishery in a negative manner. Smaller,more aggresive fish deplete the food resources of a lake/river faster and more efficiently than larger fish. According to bioligist these fish actually take more forage for their size than they're worth to the lake/river in recruitment. That equates to larger fish having less to eat and not growing as fast as they could under optimum conditions with plenty to eat. In alot of our lakes/rivers catch & release has stymied the ability of a new angler to go home and say they did good. We've become over-zealous in our conservation efforts,the complete oppisite of 20 yrs. ago when we took home ice chest full of fish to show everyone. Striking a balance between total catch & release and a more natural selective harvest wont be easy,but as conservationist it's something we should strive to do. Everyone cant change their ethics all at once,but by keeping some of the smaller fish we can help the over all population become bigger and healthier.