First let me say that I do not have a problem with how a man fishes as long as he is considerate of other fisherman and he uses what he catches or turns it loose, is not wasteful in other words. It bothers me to hear one group of fisherman talk of wanting to outlaw certain types of fishing and being so dogmatic about their beliefs that they refuse to listen to a train of thought if it differs from their own. I am 55 yrs old and to a lot of you I suppose I am an old man. I have catfished my entire life. I fished with my Dad and Granddad and I have listened to tales of my Great-granddads fishing when there were paddlewheel river boats on our rivers. There have always been limbliners and trotliners and my Grand- father told of using these big pieces of cork that came in the shipping with mining equipment I guess these pieces of cork were primitive jugs. I have always known that the giant catfish lived in deep holes and undercut bluffs but you fished blind. Sometimes you might hook a fish drifting that tore your stuff up. You might run a line and have 6 or 8 hooks tangled in a wad and no fish. We were not fishing for giant fish and were not setting up for those fish because to hook one was an accident that might happen once every couple of years. What I think will do great harm to catfish is the technology and competitive nature of some fishermen. In the last few years technology has came so far you can now find the sanctuary of the giant catfish and not only that you can record the coordinance and return to that very spot later or give the information to a friend and he gives it to his brother-in-law you can see where I'm going with this. I see one night catches on the BOC that have more big fish than the average fisherman will catch in five yrs. Ten years ago if you saw a man fishing with 100 # test line an saltwater tackle people would have thought him a nut. ITs not that uncommon now. I am not sure its good to fish for catfish with a tournament bass fisherman mentality. I know most trophy fishermen practice CPR and I think most of these fish survive. But some of the pictures I have seen the fish looked pretty rough. But these fish might not have been ment to be released. It takes years for a fish to become a trophy and for the first time in history people can catch these fish on a on a regular basis. If catfishing suffers in the future it will not be because of the average weekend fisherman weather he fishes R&R limbline, trotline, or jug it will be because of fishermen who targets only big fish and then carelessly handles these fish after they are caught or even worse keeps all he catches. All the name calling and finger pointing is no good. Have you ever heard the saying " We have met the enemy and He is us" might apply here. But thats just my opinion.