Catch and Release Fishing

September 26, 2017 Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Google+ Daily Living,Sport

Catch and Release Fishing

Today, fishing has become less about survival and more about fun: for most, it’s a sport! There is concern fish are becoming depleted and many anglers are now employing the practice of catch and release. Catch and release fishing is a great idea, but many people are just don’t know how to do it correctly, and as a result, many fish don’t survive the episode. There are a few steps you should follow when trying to catch and release. Following these few steps, will help to make your hobby more enjoyable and help to keep the fish population full in your favorite fishing hole.

Fishing hooks are a good place to start. A fish with a hole in the mouth is more likely to survive the engagement than a fish with torn lung or gill. If you happen to hook a fish in the gut, cut off the hook as close to the skin as you can: then release. Many times the hook will dissolve and/or the fish may spit it out. The fish can also live with a rusted hook hanging from the belly. Whatever you do, pull a hook out: you may severely hurt the fish. If you are able to easily remove the hook, use the appropriate tool (I.e. a pair of needle nose pliers). Pulling the hook out is easier if you remove the barbs, but try not to twist while you pull the hook.

We all know fish cannot survive outside of the water; therefore, it is critical they are returned to the water as quickly as possible. The way you hold the fish is important too. Avoid touching a fish’s body with your bare hands. Fish have a slimy protective coat that can be removed if you touch them with your hands. Make sure that your hands are wet. It is also best to wear gloves to protect your hands from cuts

Part of the fun in fishing is the fight. The fight is one of the reasons catch and release fishermen enjoy the sport, but fish, like us, experience stress on their bodies, including the buildup of lactic acid. The buildup of lactic acid can be toxic to a fish even days later. Therefore, you must try to keep the struggle to a minimum.

Avoid letting the fish flop around once out of the water. This effort to escape can bruise or damage its internal organs, causing death from internal injuries. You can also revive a fish. A fish short of oxygen might pass out. To revive a fish, place the fish in the water with their belly down and gently grasp their tail. Move the tail back and forth until they revive and can swim off on their own. You may need to repeat the process if the fish doesn’t come to right away, but don’t let a fish go until they are ready to swim off on their own. A fish that is not ready to swim off on their own could incur serious injury from rocks and other underwater obstacles or even other predators.

When practicing catch and release, be ready. Have your camera, pliers, and gloves within reach. Take precautions to preserve fish, one of America’s precious resources and favorite pastimes.

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