All of us at Angler’s Outlet support catch and release fishing. Athough there is nothing wrong with taking a few filets home for dinner, releasing most fish will ensure the future health of our fantastic fisheries here in the United States and around the world.
The catch and release advice offered below is from our good friend Randall Bryett of Gofishaustralia.com and offers some great tips to ensure not only the health of the fish you are releasing, but the health of our fisheries as well.
- Use a purpose made net or landing device.
- If no net use wet hands or better still wet gloves that will protect fishes slime from human skin oils.
- Support the fishes spine, belly and head. DO NOT HOLD IT VERTICAL.
- Be prepared if you are taking photos. Do not keep the fish out of water for longer than 10 seconds. You can take at least two photos in that time!
- Be realistic some fish will just die when they are be caught and that is a basic fact of fishing. It is not a round of golf, it is hooking and playing a live creature. Think about that and if it does not sit right with you, play golf!
- The above point made. Use appropriate tackle for the fish targeted. Extended fight periods will increase chance of mortality.
- Do not release fish that are bleeding heavily and or in “shivering” state. Treat all fish for keeping with respect by dispatching quickly before icing down for consumption.
- Do not “throw” fish back over the side! Spear tuna species back into the water head first to get a rush of water through gills.
- Do not break spines of stingrays, rockfish and dogfish. Do not break beaks off Needle fish, billfish or shovel nose sharks. Treat all species the same. Vermin species are not disposable because you do not want to catch them.
- Above all use common sense when C&R; fishing. Obviously the best method is not to remove the fish from the water at all.
- Do not remove hooks deeply embedded in fishes gills, or stomach. The fish has a better chance of surviving rather than undergoing surgery to remove a hook
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