There has been much said about the 34" proposal but I would just like to "weigh" in on what I think are good common sense reasons to release big fish. I consider fish over 20 pounds to be big. Big fish have been in the water many years. What they eat is what you are putting into your body. If you have a taste for mercury, PCBs and other chemicals then eating a trophy may be your best way to get a heaping helping of these nutritious chromosome breaking chemicals. It may not make a difference to you but I really wouldn't feed it to a pregnant woman or kids--just look up the recommendatons issued by the FDA if that seems farfetched. Smaller fish not only taste better but they are more numerous and in most instances --easier to catch. Small fish are less likely to have contamination because they are lower on the food chain. The higher up you go / the higher up the concentration of the nasty stuff. Why carry home a big catfish just to show off when you can get a nice digital camera at just about any department store and have the memory of a trophy catch without having to carry the dead carcass around and eventually chunk it in the trash for your neighbors to smell. If your friends don't believe you than take them fishing and teach them catch and release. If you think they are not conservation minded, don't take them fishing. Big fish when properly released will propagate the species and produce many other fish with the genetic potential to get as big and keep the stocks of little ones plentiful. Big fish take many years to get to trophy size and will not be replaced. overnight. They are willing biters under good conditions and most novice anglers can catch trophies--that is part of the appeal of fishing for catfish. If everyone is taking out the whoppers you will definately see the impact on fish size. I am sure the large fish will come back though...after a couple decades and in fewer numbers. Do you really think the day will come that there will be too many big cats in the waters? I don't. And if such a day ever came we already have the solution. It is the current way fisheries are being managed today.