Catch, Photograph & Release !!
Catch and Release – How to do it Properly.
One of the best things you can do to ensure that the fishing will remain great in your favorite lake is release the fish you catch. Unfortunately, it’s not enough to just ‘toss the fish back’ after you unhook it. Many fish that are released die later due to a number of reasons. In this article I’ll explain some of those reasons and tell you what you can do to avoid unintentionally killing a fish.
USING BARBLESS HOOK IN FISHING GT KOMODO ISLAND IS A MUST !!
Let’s start with hooks. Obviously a fish hooked in the lip is going to be better off than a fish that is hooked in the gullet or gills. It’s easy to remove the hook from a fish’s lip without doing major damage, but it’s not so easy when the fish is gut hooked. For gill or gut hooked fish, it’s better to simply cut off as much of the hook as possible and release the fish. Never try to pull on the line to free the hook. This can cause severe damage to the fish and will always do more harm than good. I’ve caught catfish that have had rusty hooks embedded in their throats, and bass with big rusty buzz baits in their mouths so I know first hand that many of these fish will live. In some cases the hooks will dissolve and the fish will spit them out. In other cases you can cut the eye of the hook off and gently slide the hook out, but this isn’t advisable if you have to pull the hook up to get at it.When a fish is hooked where you can easily remove the hook without tearing him up, use a pair of pliers. Try to avoid wiggling the hook to work it back out. This puts more stress on the fish. For most of the lip hooked fish that I catch, I can grasp the hook with a pair of pliers, and while holding the fish in the water, twisting my wrist to simultaneously unhook and release the fish. Try to avoid holding the fish with your hands because you will wear away his protective coating.