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
'94 Merc 200Xri by Xtreme Marine
HydroDynamics 10" JP
Tempest Plus 25P-B&B @Steves Custom Props-Josh Edwards
92' ChampioN 201DCR Elite
HB Helix12 G2N
HB Helix10 G2N