Fish Handling – Catch & Release
ALWAYS USE BARBLESS HOOKS
Regardless of regulations ALWAYS use barbless hooks for HUMAN SAFETY as well as for the fish’s safety.
TIME OUT OF WATER:
Keep the fish in the water as much as possible. When photographing have the camera READY!
WET YOUR HANDS :
Always wet your hands when handling the fish. This helps to protect the “Cuticle” which is commonly known as the “Slime Coat”. The Cuticle protects the animal from dangerous pathogens, including copepods also known as “Lernaea” or “Anchor Worm”. Be careful when using gloves to handle fish, this can also cause damage to the cuticle.
DO NOT PUT FINGERS INSIDE THE GILL PLATES STAY AWAY FROM THE LATERAL LINE:
The lateral line is located on the side of the fish’s body. This area is very sensitive and when touched causes the fish to resist.
USE “SOFT HANDS”:
Always support fish with two “Soft Hands” when holding a fish. Allow the fish to rest with it’s own weight on your open soft hands. Never squeeze the animal.
ALWAYS WEIGH FISH IN A RUBBER NET:
Always weight the animal in a rubberized net. NEVER hang a fish by the jaw to weigh it! This will often sever the their spinal cord and rupture their gill plates causing death or severe injury
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