and Release Tips
Play the fish as quickly as possible.
Prior to landing, look for a suitable site
free of sand, where you can ease the fish into.
Remove woolen gloves, as they remove the
fish's protective slime, which promotes disease.
Leave the fish in the water, don't slide
it up the bank.
Never remove the fish from the water in
Don't force the hook out. If it can't be
easily removed, cut the leader near the hook- It will fall out in a
Never try removing a hook lodged in the
fish's tongue or gill- cut the leader near the hook.
Never poke a finger in the fish's gills,
or lift it by the gills.
After removing a hook, face the fish upright
into the current. When the fish is able to swim away on its own, release
it to swim out of your hands.
If a photo is desired, quickly lift fish
up (not longer than 5 seconds out of the water) holding it under the
pectoral fins, and the other hand supporting the wrist of the tail.
Fish kept out of the water for more than
30 seconds will almost certainly suffer brain damage, and may not survive.