I have gotten into alot of arguments on here on why I favor CPR. I have nothing aginst someone taking a few fish home to eat, but when I see catches of 500 to 700lbs kept I cant help but say something. To better understand my views here is what makes me tick, and some things I have seen first hand. When I catch a big flathead, it is such a thrill, and sense of satisfatction and pride, that knowing all the hard work I put into it paied off. No way could I kill that big fish knowing what joy it gave me, I realese it quick hoping it spawns and spreads the gene pool to make more big fish for me, my kids and other to catch. I want to see this sport around along time. Now some of the things I have personally seen. 40-lb flatheads laying dead in a dumpster at a bait shop after a picture was taken. Several times I have come across several big flatheads tied to a rope, and left rotting in the river. I have seen people catch big flathead and bash there heads in with a big rock and leave them on the bank to rot. I have come across trotliners camped on the bank drunk, and they have told me and I quote, " we are after big shovel heads to sell to paylakes to make beer money. I have seen trotliners pull into the boat ramp and unload hundred of pound of flatheads into holding takes, and heard them brag about how much money they were gonna make buy selling them. And the tihing that bothers me the most is that the laws wont stop them. I personally realease every catfish I catch big or small, the big ones to spawn, and the little ones to grow big. Cpr and trying to somehow protect our trophy flatheead population is something that I just cant change about myself, and I would not have it any other way. trophy catcfishing is growing in leaps and bounds, everyone is out after them, and if we cant educate people on the importance of realeasing these big fish, I can see these fish going the way of the buffalo. Now I cant speak for other states, maybe in other states flatheads are as plentifull as bluegill? But here in Ohio they are not, and if we aint carefull our children are not going to be able to enjoy this sport as we do now. And we will only have ourselfs to blame. We will be able to show our kids pictures of big flatheads we caught, only to hear them say daddy take me fishing I want to catch one, our answer will be sorry son, or daughter, they were over fished and there aint anymore to catch.