Just my 2 cents, it’s all about money and bragging rights. I have more of an issue with a derby that runs all season and targets one fish and has big prizes. So much pressure on one species can’t be good. Multiply that by 5 months and a significant circulation of a magazine and that becomes a formula for serious damage. Weigh and dump breeders are the target! C & R is available but the team and main prizes are for weighed fish.
As as I age I realize the beauty of the catch for me is enjoying nature and looking briefly at the fishes hidden colors, getting a quick pic and watching the tail slap. The pics are my trophy/prize.