Collectively, recreational anglers are most likely having minimal population-level impacts on billfish, especially when compared to commercial catches. This doesn’t mean anglers should kill billfish with impunity. Most billfish stocks are already in a depleted state, so it makes no sense to kill a fish without a damn good reason. While there are still a number of tournaments that give points for killed fish, many of these events have become entirely catch-and-release over the last several decades, and most of the others have instituted separate release categories. While the IGFA still keeps billfish records, less than a handful of record applications are received each year — the IGFA has approved only 93 billfish records in the last decade.