There were plenty of places but it just wasnt peacticed. Nowadays (Thankfully) it is. Photos /measurements/weight & it is a shot in the arm for BIG bass being released..no reason to keep a Big fish unless it dies before release. Propee handling techniques/time if year,etc. dictate survival....
'98 Tr20 Triton completly updated & rigged, 05 Magnum c-channeltrailer
'94 Merc 200Xri completly rebuilt & noseconed/low water pickup lower unit.