I fish both the Fall run and Spring Run for Stripers. In the spring it's up in the Kingston area on the Hudson River. Where if you catch a Cow bass, everyone say's to release the Cow, so she can spawn and spill her eggs. This way the population of bass stays high in future years! I agree. But in the fall, everyone is out catching or trying to catch these same Cows!! Yes, they bear no eggs yet. But if released they will become laden with eggs in the coming spring!! Yet, there is no out-cry ( as in the River ) to protect these Cows!! It's come to the point that PARTY Boats are in on catching Cows!! There must be a slot limit for the Ocean and Rivers on these fish, so the Cows can spawn!!It seems to me if you can proudly take a Cow in the Ocean, what's the difference if you caught it in the River during the spring run! You have killed the source of striper eggs either way! If you want a trophy for the wall, take a photo of the fish, and they can make an exact copy of the fish with info provided like lenght and girth!! The fun is fighting such a majestic fish, not killing it!! Yes, take a fish to eat, but does it need to be a Cow?? Thanks for listening!