I don't know what to tell you Catfish. There are a lot of decent catmen up here who have been practicing CPR (Catch Photograph & Release) for a long time. There are always folks who caught "it" and are going to keep "it" no matter what species, size, season or other variable. Even with the new advisory against eating ANY blue catfish taken from the James River, there are a lot of people who haven't heard about the advisory and a lot more who are going to ignore it. The very fact that the record has been broken in such a short time is "proof" to some that releasing fish is unnecessary....and a waste of good catfish. I've tried to reason with folks, scare 'em (Mercury, PCBs, Kepone, impotence from eating all of the above LOL) and the die-hard fish keepers keep on keepin' fish... big, small and in between.
Years ago, I used to be a died in the wool varmint shooter. I'd shoot anything allowed by law; feral cats, dogs, coyotes, groundhogs, crows... name it, I've killed truckloads. My "thing" was long-range surgical removal of "problem" animals... I read an article on crows.... one of my favorite targets... it said a crow *can* live 75 years... well, that article ruined me as far as killing crows. I figured anything that, given a fair chance, could outlive me, deserved to be left alone.
I've appealed to every emotion, ethic, and even tried to shame some of the locals into releasing fish, and I haven't found the right combination yet. If our very own TxPalerider can help in some way it would be great... Maybe we can pool our collective brain power and come up with a slogan.... I figure our combined IQ must be at least 150.... that makes us a genius LOL...
How about "Never Kill a Trophy Fish" Practice CPR (with the meaning of CPR in little letters in between the "CPR") and a picture of a big blue cat in the shape of this one
on the side of the sticker... I'll put two on my boat.