And your friend thought that impaling his hand into the gillplate of that beautiful fish to be released was a GOOD way to display it for a photo???????
I don't know what he was thinking, I wasn't there. He's been around the horn a few times, and I don't think he hurt the fish, but I agree, there are better ways to handle fish for photos. Kneeling in the water with the fish would have been better. In this instance you should disregard my signature line.