How many annoyed stories have we heard on here alone about people having to remove old traces from pike? And when a proposal is put forward that would help prevent that kind of mistreatment, people get all funny about it!
Because some have not come across a pike with a old trace in it. I bet some have never fished for pike or have left the trace in themselves not knowing how to un hook it.
Its a very easy moral ground that everyone wants to hear and some want to fit in. Most of that group who have NOT experienced it get all funny about it. those who have in general won't.
Not tarring everyone here but some.
Example. a lad who was fishing for pike i had a little chat to once as i was passing by. It was about other things this very subject and then off went his buzzer . I started to think he should have had this fish in by now and i said shall i net it in which he said no its ok you get to your swim i have kept you chatting well i knew straight away and i thought if i do not he is going to play this pike all day so i moved on but at a distance so i could see what happened well you guessed it he had not a ruddy clue. And yet he told me it was disgrace people do not know how to handle a pike.
Then yes i swear to you here and now he cut the trace . i fished on and decided on a break and walked to the lodge for a cuppa and said ' How big was the pike and he said it was only a jack but i tell you something mate it had a trace in it. did you remove it i said? Yes offcoarse i did. at this point i bet he was nervous i was going to ask to see it after all were was he going to put it to tell me he had thrown it away but i thought no point damage done and hopefully his conscience got the better of him