Catch and release fishing is a great way to experience the thrill of fishing without depleting fish stock. Catch and release ensures that fish populations remain healthy, and allow many anglers to experience the joy of reeling in that big one. This article explains what specific techniques are used to catch and release fish in such a way that the fish has the greatest chance for survival after being released.
1. Plan on fishing more often and only catch what you are planning to eat. Fresh fish is much better than frozen.
2. Use barbless hooks or crush the barbs down on a regular hook. This technique will cause as little damage to the fish as possible.
3. Use an artificial lure instead of live bait to lessen the possibility of the hook going down in the throat of the fish. This makes it easier to unhook the catch.
4. Bring the fish in quickly. Use heavy line and reel quickly so the fish does not expend too much energy fighting and has enough energy to recover after the release.
Tips: Largemouth bass are extremely hardy and are a good type of fish to catch and release. Make sure you wet your hands when handling the fish.
Warnings: Try not to lay the fish on the boat floor or dock. Any injury to the scales will be a death sentence to the fish.