I like to C & R most of the fish I catch. Simply because I don't want to clean them and theres that mercury thing too. I caught 15 channels last night. Biggest being close to 4 pounds. I caught him in the stomach. I did retrieve my hook and pulled his stomach up in the process. I pushed it back down with my pliers and let him go. It sat there in shock for about a minute and a 1/2 and then slowly swam away. I don't think hes gonna make it. So my question is: If you gut hook a catfish or any fish for that matter, should you cut your line and leave the hook in there or should you retrieve the hook as careful as you can? Would like some feed back please.