i have been a catfishing enthusiast since as far back as i can remember. i have been dedicated to the catch and release of trophy fish since i was turned on to the idea from those boys over at in-fisherman. i love this site and all the info, camradrie, and just plain fun it offers. having said all that there is one aspect of this sport( some people regard it as such, i usually just refer to it as a past time or way of life) that i am simply opposed to.TOURNAMENT CATFISHING. now, before you pass judgement on this statement or me, please here me out. i believe there are a few good things that come from tournaments. number one is certain laws can have an edge to get passed because it gives tournament participants a louder political voice( because of all the money involved) to protect cats, such as size and creel limits. these are the good things. as for the bad, i have only a couple of gripes, but they are HUGE. the #1 thing is this, delayed mortality rate. most catfishermen who have done alot of fishing know that bluecats(coincidentally the most sought after tournament fish) are the weakest of the species in terms of surviving the catch especially in water above 75 degrees. just catching these fish and releasing them immediately in warm water is not a guarantee they will survive. i have caught and released fish that seemed in perfectly good health, in the month of may when water temps are still in the 60's, only to return the next day and see the carcass floating. these fish, especially the big ones, are not very hardy. now, factor in being hauled around all day in a live well and being banged around and handled excessively and you have a recipe for disaster.these fish are big water, heavy current fish that demand alot of oxygen to survive. they simply cannot sustain lengthy boat rides.the other thing i hate to see is catfisherman displaying the same attributes of ba$$holes( tournament ba$$ guys) that many of us have grown to despise. i think alot of you can relate to this. you know, acting like they own the water because they have a boat they can't really afford and fishing, not for the pleasure and excitement of it, but for the allmighty dollar. and i know, alot of these tournament guys are not true catmen, some of them are ba$$hole exiles who have a chip on their shoulder because they couldnt make it on the ba$$ circuit or just feel like their life is not complete unless they can " one up" somebody.alot of macho "look at me" b.s. .some are just fishing novices trying to cash in on the next big thing. i say all this to make a point. we, the members of the BOC , for the most part want to see trophy cats protected, but for what? so tournament guys can ca$h in on it ?or do we want to see our kids and their kids and possibly their kids get the same opportunity if not better, to have their rods doubled, the hair stand up on the back of their necks, heart beating 100 miles an hour and fight the fight of a lifetime and if they play it right, land one of these awesome creatures, perhaps the next world record. i know, alot of you guys will take offense to this and try to dispute alot of it or justify this and that. so be it. i just had to speak my mind. my conscience is clean. what about yours?