Proper procedure for ‘catch & release’ fishing

“Catch and release” has become an important phrase in the fishing world.

In addition to being a good way to sustain the fishing resource for future anglers, this self-explanatory angling procedure is necessary for those who fish in areas (or fish for species) that have minimum length limits, minimum length limits and other restrictions. 

However, catch-and-release fishing works only if anglers know how to release the fish they catch.

Greg Stoner wheels in crappie at Lake of the Ozarks during spring time in Camdenton, MO.

Unhooking a fish and getting it back in the water without doing any harm to the fish can be a trickier feat than many people realize. 

Improper handling can do as much damage to a fish as the sharpest treble hook. Releasing a fish is a technique that involves several considerations.

Francis Skalicky

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