This just in, courtesy of my friend John Kirk. A recent study apparently suggests that fish might indeed sense pain.

I know, I know… It’s not really a breaking news item. After all, PETA and others have been on the “don’t hurt the sea kittens” soap box for years.

My question is simple: If indeed science proves that fish can sense pain (and, by the way, what a useful and important thing to focus research efforts on… not like we’d rather see a cure for Alzheimer’s, etc…), do you even care? Are you in the least bit inclined to hang up the rod? Or are you content knowing that the next time someone suggests you “sore-lip” a few trout, you might be doing exactly that?