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Catch and release fishing tips

Releasing the fish you catch can help sustain and build the population of wild fish. Here are a few tips for ensuring fish have the best chance of survival.


Use barbless hooks or flatten the barb on the hook before using a fly for the first time. This makes the hook much easier to remove and lessens the potential injury to the fish’s mouth.


Use either needle-nose pliers or forceps to gently remove the hook from the fish’s mouth.


If the fish has swallowed the hook, or if the hook is set too deeply, cut the line and release the fish. The hook will dissolve over time without harm to the fish.

If the hook is in the gills, the throat or an artery, the fish’s chances of survival are greatly reduced. If it’s legal, keep the fish. Also, if a fish is bleeding, keep it if it’s legal to do so.


Minimize the amount of time the fish is out of the water. Once the hook is removed or the line is cut, gently hold the fish in the water, pointing upstream, until it can swim away on its own.

71 Comments on Catch and release fishing tips

  1. fisherman 1000 // November 26, 2013 at 4:54 pm // Reply

    we eat all of r fish

  2. i love to fish i have to try this

  3. when i go fishing,we always release ’em!

  4. air12345610 // July 26, 2011 at 10:16 pm // Reply

    i love fishing with my grampa i caught bass carp troutand allot of bluegile

  5. i went fishing and i caught the BIGGEST CARP EVER ALL BY MY SELF!!! :O it was as fat as a shark

  6. more bait will not catch bigger fish time patience experience and a little luck is what will catch the big fish

  7. carp are bottom feeders they dont surface for any reason so i you want to catch carp catfish and maybe a few bass tie your line to the hook and leave alot of slack in it and tie a really heavy weight to it and make sure your nots are tight and cast out and wait for a bite you only can see it if you are paying attention to the fod tip or leave a little slack in the line and watch the line

    p.s.(trust me with this ive done it )

  8. campingfreak // October 23, 2009 at 1:08 pm // Reply

    I may have to try that!

  9. if you whant to catch a carp put the bobber under the hook it makes the line right at the top of the water it increases your chances 45%

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