I won't express an opinion on this subject because quite frankly I don't have enough experience or knowledge to adequately do so. And when I fish TN waters I try to conduct myself as a guest and follow the rules that are status quo. I will however respect the opinions of all who are neighbors and residents down there and support what ever you much more knowledgeable folks have to say.
I most generally release the bigger fish myself because that is what I feel is the right thing to do in most cases, unless of course the fish is in doubt of survival. But if its a slot situation, I stay within the legal boundaries as required by sportsman ethics and the regs.
-don't tell me why we can't, tell me how we can.- whitefeather
Blue skies, warm gentle winds, and trout filled waters to all!
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