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  • John Q Public
    June 18, 2014 - 11:58

    Barbless hook and release is simply nothing more than giving a fly fisherman a license to go have a party at the expense of a biological organism. An organism that, like humans and their pet dogs, are made up of flesh and bones and breath, pump blood, and feed and reproduce. The catch and release system legalizes a cruel and inhuman act. Stick a piece of wire into a salmon that is on its way to spawn, "play" that salmon until it is exhausted then remove it from its natural element (water) and force it to breath a lethal substance (air) and do all of this for ONE reason. Just so someone can snap a picture of the skilled and jovial fly fishermen so he/she can brag about it to their buddies. If the fly fisherman inflicted a similar act upon his pet dog he/she would be arrested and charged. I hope this is the beginning of the end of the madness that is hook and release salmon fishing. My hat is off to Parks Canada for finally showing some good judgment. Judgment that is devoid of the influence of the corporate greed of the recreational fly fishing lobby! On a closing note........ check the records and you will find that most of the offences on rivers are by those who are or disguise themselves as a hook and release fishermen. Take away the opportunity for the disguise and you will automatically reduce the infractions. As we have already seen, the fly fishing lobby are quite skilled an "spin fishing" as well!

    • Sick of the shills
      June 18, 2014 - 15:54

      I hear those kinds of people engage in sexual acts with no intention of procreation! True story - shocking I know!! Oh the humanity!! On a serious note, I'm sure that the salmon would prefer being let go rather than having a knife driven through its head. Just a hunch.

    • wavy
      June 18, 2014 - 16:24

      So...you would rather they kill the salmon (ie catch and keep) rather than release it to continue upstream to spawn? Or are you suggesting we stop fishing ALL species entirely? Either way, your logic is miserably flawed or you're completely glib. You animal rights crowd are a complicated lot. You want to know what the fish are thinking? The freshwater fish of Newfoundland and Labrador are glad you are not in charge of their conservation.

    • John Q Public
      June 19, 2014 - 10:48

      @ Sick of the Skills and Wavy (the dynamic duo..lol). Read before you conclude...lol....... get a license to catch and keep 2 or 3 or 4 salmon. BAN the hook, exhaust and release because it is nothing less than a disgusting display of cruelty inflected solely for the purpose of some sick fun fantasy and for greed corporate profiteers!

  • Fish n' Hunt
    June 18, 2014 - 07:47

    The current regulations and restrictions are a result of lack of staff within the park to manage the resource thanks to Mr. Harpers cuts. Outside the park I an at a loss to explain how Parks Cananda can control and completely shut down this prolific. river to all angling ??? Do they own the entire watershed because it flows into Clode Sound???

  • wavy
    June 18, 2014 - 06:43

    Makes sense to me. What say you, Parks Canada? I'm interested in hearing your side of the story. What justification do you have for your actions?