As long as it's legal, "bubba" has that right. I would rather see a big fish thrown in a cooler to be eaten later, than these sports "play" a 16" fish for 15 min. and then quickly release them back only to die.
Bubba pays for his stamp as well and as long as he is within the law i.e. the slots and limits, who cares.
Those fish are still there. Do you think TWRA and all there shocking efforts knew that monster was in the S. Holston?
I am a great admirer of spectator sports, especially on television; it keeps the riffraff off the trout streams.