Muskys a protected species
30 or so years ago the muskie fishing opportunities in WI were not what they are now. It has improved dramatically largely due to the catch and release ethic that has become entrenched. It's becoming more common for stocking to be used to maintain a fishery as opposed to building one.
I'm affiliated with a club that did a considerable amount of stocking to build a muskie fishery which has become very good. A comfortable population density was reached a few years back so stocking efforts have been slowed way down and we are in maintenance mode. Where to go with money that would've been used to buy extended growth fingerling muskies? Donations to local chapters of Walleyes for Tomorrow, local lake associations, repair of boat launches making them handicapped accessible, scholarship programs, sponsorship of little league teams, etc. If people were not handling these fish in a way that gave them the best shot at survival more funds would've been needed to continue building and maintaining things instead of going to other organizations. Money for little league uniforms or handicap accessible docks that would've had to come from elsewhere.
A few years back I had some guys out on a northern WI lake and they caught a beautiful tiger that was quite large. That fish didn't have a mark on it at all. It was worthy of a pic so we took one and after a few days one of them notices a very, very distinct marking on it's cheek. I shared a pic of that fish with two guys I know who at one time were guiding on that body of water to see if they had seen that fish. Within 48 hours there were 7 other photos of that fish being caught by 7 different anglers sitting in my email inbox. Pretty cool knowing that people handled that fish the way they did giving others an opportunity at a memorable experience. All accounts of that fish being caught in the past were that it was unhooked in the net and pulled out for a quick horizontal pic and let go. Never touched boat carpet, never was held vertically, etc. At least 8 documented releases (including the one from my boat) and that specimen was as clean as can be.
I agree that some people need to get a thicker skin while at the same time some folks come across way too strong in their pontificating.
Let me just ask a basic question....if you aren't holding/handling a fish properly....or really doing anything improperly in life, why would you get upset because someone wants to help you do it better or correctly? Why would someone not welcome good information?
I don't get the fuzz, some people just need thicker skin and not be offended by every little thing...especially those attempting to better your methods.
Education should be welcomed with open arms, not shunned and ridiculed. Too many people get offended when in reality they SHOULD be thankful.