File or pinch down the barb of your hook. A barbless hook is much easier to remove. However, if your hook is set too deep in the throat, simply cut the fishing line as close as possible to the eye of the hook and release your catch. The hook will rust away or simply be absorbed by the fish’s tissue.
Choose circle hooks when possible. Usually these hooks, with the point curving inward toward the shank of the hook, will catch the fish in the corner of its mouth instead of the stomach. In all cases, safe hook removal is made easy with a de-hooking tool, such as long-handled pliers.
Net your fish. Slipping a wide hoop landing net under your tired gamefish and removing the hook while your catch is still in the water is simply the best tactic for a healthy catch and release. Landing nets with rubber, knotless webbing also protect the sensitive skin and fins of your game fish.
Grippers: Gamefish can also be safely landed while using a wide variety of fish grippers. Grippers allow fisherman to grip their hooked fish with stainless steel claws and dislodge the hook, or hooks, while keeping the fish in the water. Many come with a built-in scale which weighs your catch so that a quick photo can be taken.
Wet your hands, glove and towel, etc. Avoid handling your catch with dry surfaces. The reason is to avoid removing the protective slime from the game fish’s skin, which not only helps fish swim, but also wards off infections and parasites. Dry hands and towels will pull much of the slime off.
Never jerk a fish straight up by its jaw; support it by the belly also – and don’t handle fish by the gills or eyes.
Give fish a chance to recover. When releasing your catch never toss the fish back into the water. Instead, hold the fish in the water with grippers allowing water to flow through its gills until fully revived. Once the fish is able to swim on its own, grasp the fish just ahead of its tail and push the fish headfirst back into the water.
Perks of Fishing the Off-Season / Grouper on the Grill
You might be wondering how another 365 days came and went so quickly. We are about to start a New Year and many of us make resolutions for our personal and professional lives. Did you get out on the water to fish as much as you hoped in 2017? If not, why? If you did, what did you learn as a result of your time on the water?
Here are 5 fishing resolutions to set as goals for your favorite sport in the New Year:
Read and practice twelve new fishing tips and tricks in the coming year. If you break it down, it’s pretty simple. Just research and read one new fishing tip or trick per month throughout the year. Need some help finding information? We have some helpful information to get you started.
Resolve to teach a kid to fish. A day on the water can provide a great opportunity to teach kids about the outdoors while they learn new fishing and boating skills. If you teach a kid to fish, you can also incorporate educational activities or related hobbies like a trip to a local aquarium or fish hatchery.
Pick one fish species you want to learn more about and become a species “expert”. One of the best ways to experience greater success when fishing is to learn as much as you can about fish anatomy and behavior. Understanding more about how and why fish behave the way they do will help you increase your catch rate. For example, knowing that Spanish Mackerel prefer temps above 68 degrees and mostly live in open water but are sometimes found over deep sea grass beds and reefs, will help you find them.
Stop making excuses and fish more often. We all make time for the things in life that we thoroughly enjoy. If you enjoy fishing, stop making excuses and just simply do it more often. Team up with a fishing buddy and add one or two dates to your calendar now.
Find and try out a new fishing spot each month and if you don’t have the time to research, hire a fishing charter like Class Act to show you various types of habitat and structure that will encourage you to be a better, more versatile angler. Learn how to fish in various areas and climates throughout the year.
If you have other fishing resolutions that you plan to add to your list, share it with us on our Facebook page! Happy New Year fishing fans!
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