Just like screaming eagle said, I don't get out salwater fishing that much so when I do and am able to get a keeper in the boat I want to take it home. I've never kept a freshwater fish though, never had a desire to eat it.
chris, you need to spend time with a captain, one that makes his living at it. his carter may be a bunch of beer drinking, puking slobs. but the captain and his mate are the skill. they need fish on board, every trip. and sometimes that is every 6 hours, all weekend.In freshwater you seem to get the more skilled bunch that like to catch the fish and want to keep catching them next time they go.
Male or female, if the striper I catch is legal by law and not spawning or in a closed season then im keeping and eating it and not feeling one bit bad about it. I get out only on a few trips a years I will keep a legal female without guilt so long as the law allows. You can go on and on with that arguement with fawns, does , etc. If it becomes illegal, them I will release them without hesitation.I think there were questions on that a couple of weeks back when guys were choosing to kill all of the female striped bass.