We all know that catch and release is very important to fishes survival and also the to the balance of nature. Thinking about it, we selected 15 tips for you to practice catch and release the right way to reduce fishes stress and increase their chances of survival after being released. In addition to collaborating with nature, the catch and release guarantees fun for your next fishing!
1. When fishing in a place you do not know, ask local fishermen about the best ways of fishing without streesing the fish.
2. Use fishing equipment according to the species and size of fishes you want to capture.
3. Leave all the stuff needed to catch and release at your fingertips, as this is essential to return the fish to the water quickly, reducing the stress of capture.
4. Fish with barbless hook to facilitate the release of the fish.
5. The fight with the fish must be as brief as possible so that it does not get tired too.
6. The use of the retaining pliers facilitates removal of the hook from the fish’s mouth, which reduces the time for its return to the water, decreasing the stress and preventing accidents. Preferably, remove the hook from the fish’s mouth keeping it in the water and do not lift the fish using the pliers.
7. Moist your hands when handling the fish. Dry hands, cloths, towels and paper remove the mucus, which is the first barrier against disease.
8. Do not touch the gills of the fish, because they are part of the respiratory system and are very fragile. If broken the fish may die.
9. If the fish swallow the hook, do not try to remove it by pulling the line or sticking your finger down its throat, cut the line close to the mouth of the fish and release it. Always use degradable hooks, as they decompose quickly. If the hook gets caught in the fish’s mouth, or if it swallows the hook, it will decompose in a short time.
10. In the case of removing the fish from the water, return it as soon as possible, or up to one minute between water removal and its return.
11. If you take pictures of the fish do not use flash, since the strong light can leave it stunned, and the recovery time in the water takes longer to complete.
12. Do not throw the fish back into the water. Hold it gently in a horizontal position by the dorsal fin or supporting the belly, always with the mouth facing upstream until it comes out swimming normally.
13. Always avoid holding the fish by the tail.
14. Never do fro movements when releasing the fish. Although some fishermen believe that this makes the fish recover faster, actually it hinders oxygen uptake and this can cause bleeding gills and breathing difficulty.
15. The fish should only be released when it is fully recovered. If it is without reflection or without balance, it may become an easy target for predators or get carried away by the flow, crashing into rocks, branches or other obstacles.
That’s it, folks! Let’s take all necessary steps to preserve the fishes, because without them there is no fishing, and who will get stressed are we, right?
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