Catch and release works - the proof is in the pudding

We made it out on the water this past weekend with our good friend Kurt Mohaupt for musky opener here in our part of Ontario. Just a couple hours into the season, Trevor Gesinghaus fooled a nice 42" musky into eating his Christmas Morning Big Dirty just inside the primary point of a known spawning bay. "The fish smoked my Big Dirty about a 1/4 way into my cast, made a couple nice runs at the boat and after one close call with the net she was in the bag." 
After some quick pics and a safe release, we remembered that just last October Kurt had boated a 42"er in the same general area that we were fishing. When we pulled up the pictures to compare the two, we quickly realized that it was indeed the same fish! From distinct markings on its cheek and tail, one can easily decipher that this was the second time this fish had been in our boat. The crazy part is, the fish was caught about 1.5 km from the spot it was caught in October. 
 
This is yet another testament to how effective catch and release is and the important role it plays in sustaining our fisheries. There's something special about releasing the same fish again a full season after the first time.