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I don't know the details of the catch, but I think it's safe to presume the fish was taken in deep water. Hauling such a critter to the surface from those depths, boating it and getting the hook out probably isn't likely to leave the fish in the best condition to survive a release.

I'm not going to second guess the angler. To keep or release is a decision each angler has to make for themselves. Assuming no regulation or law was broken, it's up to the individual fisherman to decide whether to keep a fish or not. Under ideal conditions one would hope a rare catch would be released. But IMO as long as it's not violating any regs. if the angler wants to keep it that's his/her decision.

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