I am glad you did not waste that fish. I found several dead in a creek I fish this spring. Last year I had two greedy guys come in right beside me at a lake, they caught 4 fish each, then released a lot more, so they could keep fishing by not having their limit. Fishing bait, some of the fish were gut hooked and bleeding, they threw them back, just so they could catch more, several of their cripples, would come to the top with their nose skimming the water. Hard to say how many they killed, they probably caught between 35 and 40 fish that morning. These guys did not cut lines on deep hooked fish. This year at the same place I watched a fellow bait fishing, anything that was bleeding bad he would give away, anything deep hooked but healthy he released by cutting his line. He cared about the fish and its survival, after he gave away 5 fish, that he did not think would live, he left. He caught and released many fish, that probably most or all survived. A story of 3 men that could catch a lot of fish, one sportsman and two who were not.