With the growing interest in Catch & Release, it is important to know the correct way to release fish to ensure its survival.

Difficulty Level: Easy      Time Required: 5 Minutes


Here’s How:

  1. Set your hook as soon as possible. This lowers the risk of the fish taking the hook deeply inside it.
  2. Play the fish as quickly as possible. Bring the fish to you as soon as you reasonably can. A long fight for the fish reduces its chances for survival.
  3. Leave the fish in the water. Photographs are great to have, but if you really want to practice C & R, it is best to try to photograph the fish while in the water.
  4. If you must remove the fish from the water, cradle it gently in the palm of your hands. Make sure your hands are wet and not dry.
  5. Try to avoid overhandling the fish. It is best to not touch the fish.
  6. Use needle nose pliars to pull the hook back from where the point of the hook entered the fish.
  7. If the fish is deeply hooked, cut the line. Most hooks will disolve in a short time and the wound will heal naturally.
  8. Release the fish into calm water. If necessary, cradle it for a few moments while gently moving it back and forth to help it gain oxygen.
  9. If the fish is bleeding from its gills, it is probably best to kill it humanely. It is not likely to survive anyhow. 
How to Properly Release A Fish
How to Properly Release A Fish

Tips:

  1. Barbless hooks increase the ease of removal after the fish has been hooked.
  2. Refrain from using stainless steel hooks. They will not dissolve as fast as regular hooks should you need to cut the line and leave the hook inside the fish. 

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How to Properly Release A Fish? With the growing interest in Catch & Release, it is important to know the correct way to release fish to ensure its survival.
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