you know that over 50% of fish caught today are released? Therefore, it is
important to understand the proper technique for releasing a fish, keeping
both our fish and our waters healthy for others to enjoy.
you go fishing, purchase a pair of long needle nose pliers for easy hook
removal. Buy a pack of barbless hooks as well to make hook removal easier
for both you and your catch. If fishing from a boat, you should consider
investing in a knotless landing net as well.
you’ve caught the big one, try to keep it in the water if at all possible.
The less handling your fish receives, the better off it is. When you reach
for the fish, do not touch the eyes or the gills. Wet your hands to protect
the slimy coating on the fish or use a wet cloth.
hook is deep inside the fish, it is best to cut the line as close to the
hook as you can and let the fish go. Most likely, the fish will digest the
hook with natural acids within a few weeks.
within reach should be removed with needle nose pliers. While holding
the shank of the hook, gently back it out. Rarely you may find it will
be easier on the fish to push the hook straight through rather than ripping
flesh backing it out. Only do this if the hook cannot be removed
without excessive tearing.
hook has been removed, face the fish upstream and allow it to swim away.
If the fish is lethargic, hold the fish at the base of the tail and gently
move it forwards and backwards. This will open and aerate the gills,
allowing your fish to quickly recuperate and return to its home. Happy
fishing, catch and release!