Don’t Be a Catch and Release Killer

Are You a Catch & Release Killer?

“Catch and Release” seems to be something of a trending meme at the moment – here’s another article on the subject.

This one was published recently (or rather, republished) on Field & Stream; it is a repost of something that was first published in 2010.

And as Field & Stream notes – “it is as relevant now as it was then”.

I agree – and I’m happy to spread the word by posting the second item on this subject in as many weeks.

Here is an extract….

Don’t Be a Catch-and-Release Killer

Yesterday, I received a letter from the Bonefish & Tarpon Trust and Responsible Angling Fisheries Conservation Foundation urging all magazine and online editors to shun the use of “hero shots” in which anglers handle fish in ways that reflect poor “catch-and-release” techniques.

I say amen to that.

True… the in-your-face, front-and-center images of anglers with big fish are attention-getters that sell magazines… but there’s a right way to pull that off.

Those of you who follow Fly Talk know that I am predominantly (but not always) a catch-and-release fisherman. If you want to eat your catch, that’s fine with me.

The person who rubs me the wrong way is the one who claims to be a conservationist… then proceeds to suffocate, de-slime, traumatize, and kill fish as they mug for the camera.

Five tips you should always follow if you want to catch and release trout properly:

1) Always wet your hands before handling trout, so you don’t rub the protective slime off their bodies.

2) Keep the fish wet… you want to see the water dripping off the fish when you take the shot… a dry fish makes a bad photo.

3) Keep the fish no more than two feet above the water… bend down for the shot, don’t hold the fish at eye level.

4) If a fish eats the fly deep, cut it off… performing surgery will kill the trout, and cutting off the fly gives them a chance.

And 5) Hold your breath as you photograph a fish out of water… as you feel uncomfortable, odds are, the fish does also.

Thanks to Field&Stream for this timely article.

Also see:

Do You Have Catch & Release Know-How?