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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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. fishin' 152 // May 16, 2008 at 6:56 pm // Reply

    Use gloves so u do not remove the slime , it is the fishes way of protecting its self from harmful parasites . If u don’t have gloves get your hands wet before handling fish please.

  2. another good way to get hold of a fish:

    use a washcloth/ something like it to grip it

  3. Fishing is FUN!

  4. wolf 2 eagle // April 28, 2008 at 9:23 pm // Reply

    if u’re in a lake, gently pull the fish back n forth till it swims away. and don’t toss it in the water; put it in the water gently.

  5. one who makes white smoke // April 27, 2008 at 8:27 pm // Reply

    In the title of the passage, it doesn’t say if the tips will work for all fish species or for just one species.

  6. I still think catching fish is mean :(

  7. lok et meh // April 23, 2008 at 4:31 pm // Reply

    use gloves if you are holding a fish with stingers

  8. actually dont use gloves, just make your hands wet it doesnt take the fishes slime away from it

  9. If you want to now how to hold a fish without getting hurt then hold your thumb and your finger on the fishes mouth.

  10. you half to use gloves

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