I used to fish loads as a child then gave it up. I then started up again a couple of years ago and always wondered why I gave it up in the first place as I had so much fun. I never fished in the winter as I hated sitting in the cold for hours. I turned vegan a couple of winters ago and still then thought fishing was as a cruelty free sport (stupid I know). Once the weather had warmed up, I went fishing. When I caught my first fish, I felt this terrible guilt and shame for me putting an animal through pain and stress. They say it’s cruelty free but how? I look back now and wonder how stupid and selfish I was. Even if people still say that they have been tested on and a hook through the mouth doesn’t hurt them, then the stress of reeling them in and holding them outside the water is enough for me to of quit. I wish I had never fished now.