Catch and Release – Important fishing Information
Catch and Release
Time is of the essence. Play and release the fish as quickly and carefully as possible.
When landing a fish, use a net only when needed. Use one with fine mesh to avoid injury. Some abrasive nylon nets significantly injure the fish’s protective slim coat. You may want to use barbless hooks. A net is probably not necessary for small fish. Keep the fish in the water as much as possible. A fish out of the water is suffocating and easily injured.
When releasing a fish, handle it as little as possible when removing the hook. When handling the fish do not let it flop around or squeeze it. Be sure you hands are wet before you touch the fish. Gently hold the fish around the middle and upside down while removing the hook. This position calms the fish and deters it from moving around.
Remove the hook with small pliers or forceps, or use your thumb and forefingers to loosen and back out the hook. If a hook cannot be easily removed, cut the line as close to the hook as possible. Release the fish and the hook will rust or fall out in a short time.
To revive a tired fish hold it in a swimming position with one hand gently under it’s belly and one hand loosely holding the tail. Slowly move the fish gently back and forth to assist it in using it’s gills to breath. It will swim away when ready.
Trout Unlimited – The Trout Unlimited organization is perhaps the strongest advocate of catch and release fishing, TU works for the conservation, preservation and restoration of North America’s coldwater fisheries and their watersheds. This will ensure cleaner water and eco-friendly fishing for now and the future. Please consider supporting this wonderful organization.