Originally Posted by DMC
I love fishing the lightest stuff I can get away with, but is there any concern for the recovery of the fish if you are C&R? If the fish is allowed to fight twice as long, wouldn't it's chances for survival after being released be less? Just wondering.
Great question, Almost every fish I have caught has recoverd well quickly. They don't fight as hard just longer. I have had some hard battles on heavy line that tore fish up and wouldn't revive, but never had that happen with light line.
Even shocked fish just need some cool fresh water through thier gills. I leave them in in most cases and don't let them get hot.
I asked some other pros and they say the same thing.