Written by Kevin Tiemersma – Professional Fishing Guide, host, manager and in his twentieth year leading the team at Tipiliuke Lodge.
When I was a runny nosed kid I remember fishing with friends with a pole, a couple of yards of nylon, a cork and a worm on a hook.
Putting a fish back was something that was unheard of then!! We all strongly believed that if you put one back it would tell the other fishies “don’t eat those worms!!!”
It wasn’t until a few years later, age ten aprox; when I went to visit my older brother up in the North East of
Argentina where I was introduced to Dorado fishing. I was told to put the small ones back. Of course I asked why. The answer was obvious ... so they can grow and get larger.
Right before I began fly fishing I started to hear about catch and release. Now, after close to thirty years as a professional fly fishing guide, I have really lived and experienced the advantages of such practice ... allowing them to regenerate therefore increasing fish population and preserving the ecological balance.
Now catch and release does not work if not practiced correctly. But that is a whole other story...