Catch and Release
As guides it’s our job to educate clients and others about handling fish. We like to take care of our fish so that they’ll be around for someone else to catch. Over the years we’ve seen so many people mishandle fish and unnecessarily keep the fish out of the water too long. Here are a few tips to help ensure the safety of the fish. Obviously keeping the fish in the water at all times is best but we know that getting pictures of the fish is important to anglers too.
1- Play and land the fish as soon as possible. Using lighter rods on bigger fish typically puts a lot of stress on the fish.
2- Keep the fish in the net in the water until you’re ready to take the photo. We like using nets with a rubber bag.
3- Lift the fish out of the water a few seconds at a time when photographing
4- Revive the fish in the net until it’s got enough energy to swim away
5- Release the fish in slower water to give it time to regain its strength