Here's the scenario inspired by yet another post on a local forum.
A boy and his father are fishing at a local forest preserve lake. The boy catches a bass around 12 inches and wants to take it home to show his mom. The size limit for bass on that lake is 14 inches - everything under that must be released according to the rules. A good samaritan sees this bass go into a bag and promptly/politely confronts the father and boy. He informs them that it is illegal to keep that fish and if they do not release it, he will call the DNR to report them. They comply and release the fish.
Now, I can definitely understand and appreciate the good samiritan's actions. I think that making sure rules are enforced is a duty of all fisherman to protect our resources. But with that, I wonder if it always has to be so black and white or if there is a gray area. I don't know anything about the boy's age or the relationship that he has with his mother but I can't help but think back to when I was a kid. I used to be so excited to show my mom the fish I caught. Making her proud was something that I always used to strive for and felt so good when I did. I would have been heartbroken is somebody did anything to stop that from happening so I can't help but wonder how upset this made the boy. I wonder if he is now jaded from the sport because of this.
What's your take? What would you have done?