Hey friends.....need a pat on the back for this one. The lake where i fish has about 15 regular anglers (dont know if i can term them as that because they are there just for the catch and no release). Although i too bring home the mahseer , singara, valunji, wallago attu etc for the pot....i would release the small mahseer..i.e. fingerlets upto below 3/4 kg. My ustaad and other folk on the lake never released the small fish...i even know of a stupid fellow who takes the fingerlets for his cat !!!
I been trying to make them understand the benefits of releasing the smaller fish back and after almost 3 years of doing this myself.... this past sunday i found a few of them hooking the fingerlets and a bit larger ones and then waving out to me...and pop it went back to the water. I was so happy to see this change.
After sometime my ustaad( the old man i learnt angling and casting from) did the same....he released about 8 small fishes that he had hooked in a row.
I call this and achievement.... what do you think folks ???
Good job on educating the locals on catch and release. That's impressive !!
I hope they open the lake for fishing soon.