I always hear a lot of talk on here about the preservation of "big" catfish. I don't know the numbers for sure, would anyone like to guess what % of big fish are caught on rod and reel compared to "other" methods? Example Trotline, Hoop nets and noodling. My feeling is that far more big ones are caught by these other methods and are far less likely to be released than if they were caught on R/R. I am not really advocating that R/R should be the only way to fish but if you want to make an impact you need to control what is doing the most damage. Just the facts as I see them. This theory has been proved over and over with salt water fish. The red fish is a prime example. As soon as they stopped commercial fishing them they made a huge recovery and lets face it Hoops and trotlines are commercial fishing on a small scale.