A Few FishingTips on Catch-and-Release

Catch-and-Release programs have been around for years.  The idea behind it is that we be mindful of the limits of our resources.  Keep the fish you can eat and return the rest to the wild.

Catch-&-Release requires some preparation. Here are some tips!

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What Dry Hands You Have!

Think about the slimy feel of a fish, fresh from the water.  That membrane on the fish’s body protects his skin from infection and disease.

If you handle the fish with dry hands, you can send the fish into shock because of the reaction between the germs on your hands and the fish’s skin.

“When even a small portion of the slime coating is removed, the fish will bleed electrolytes from its body into the surrounding water.” *

Have You Fixed Your Hook?

As I mentioned in a previous article (How Sharp is Your Fishing Hook?), bend down the barb on your fish hooks.                        

Planning on catch-and-release? It is important to use pliers to mash down the barb. That part of the hook is what keeps your fish from sneaking away.

This process makes the hook kinder to the fish … and it is easier to unhook the fish and put it back in the water.

Another option is to use barbless hooks.  Check it out at your sporting goods store.

3 More Tips

  • Return the fish to water as quickly as possible.
  • Don’t toss the fish back.  The fish is already disoriented enough without the shock of hitting the water without warning.
  • Release the fish gently by hand.   Place the fish in the water facing upstream, holding it under water.  It will move out of your grasp as soon as he is able.

Catch-and-Release is becoming a more popular option all the time.  With a little advance planning, you can become a master at the technique!

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* from “The Slime Coat is one of the Fish’s Main Defenses Against Infection and Disease,” on the website Fish Slime Coat

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How Sharp is Your Fishing Hook?

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Fishing Hooks Get Dull Quickly -- from Scraping Against Rocks, Dragging Along the Bottom of the Waterway, Etc.

In a phrase:  Probably not sharp enough!

When You Open a New Box of Hooks

When I was a kid, a new box of hooks meant something:  every shiny hook was razor-sharp and ready to go!   I don’t find that necessarily true today.

I’ve even had a sales clerk tell me (with a straight face) that the new hook “is ready for you to apply the sharpness you want for your situation.”  (This is fancy double-talk for:  Here are the hooks, you make them usable.)

Whatever ….

Into catch-and-release? It is important to use pliers to mash down the barb. That part of the hook is what keeps your fish from sneaking away.

If your hook is dull, you are going to lose fish. Also, it’s easy to drag your hook over a rock and grind away the edge.

Look at this photo. Although it is hard to see, there is an area between the point and the barb that should be beveled. Also, the point AND barb should be sharp.

Fortunately there is a way to correct this problem. Most sporting goods stores sell a hook sharpener.

I found a site with instructions and photos. Go to http://fishing.about.com/od/basicfishinginstruction/ss/Sharpen_Hooks.htm for info on sharpening hooks.

It seems that any quality file will work — the author (above) even suggests taking an emery board fishing for emergency repairs.

Hook Tips

Expect to sharpen all hooks, even new ones.

Vary the coarseness of the grit for different hooks:

  •  coarse grit for large trebles,
  • medium grit for average-sized hooks and
  • small hooks need a finer grit.

Expect to change your hooks often.  With use, hooks get brittle and fail just when you need them to snag and keep the fish.

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Things You Might Not Know About Fishing Hooks

A Fishing Hook - from Wikipedia

This is another blog for newbies about the fun of fishing (I don’t advise experienced anglers, they usually know more than I do).*

The Truth About Hooks

Since I’m 60 years of age, I’ve had enough time to see the gradual decline in fishing hooks.  It’s not going to surprise most anglers “of a certain age” that the hooks of our youth were better than newer ones.

The Problem With Dull Hooks

In earlier times, fishing hooks became dull with use.  Now, many hooks are born dull – meaning they are dull when you buy them. **

If your hook is dull, you are going to lose fish.  Also, it’s easy to drag your hook over a rock and grind away the edge.

Look at the photo above.  Although it is hard to see, there is an area between the point and the barb that should be beveled.  Also, the point AND barb should be sharp.

Fortunately there is a way to correct this problem.  Most sporting goods stores sell a hook sharpener.

I found a site with instructions and photos.  Go to http://fishing.about.com/od/basicfishinginstruction/ss/Sharpen_Hooks.htm for info on sharpening hooks.

It seems that any quality file will work — the author (above) even suggests taking an emery board fishing for emergency repairs.

Catch-and-Release Info

In the past few years, catch-and-release has become very popular.  If that is your aim, then it is important to use pliers to mash down the barb.  That part of the hook is what keeps your fish from sneaking away.

In order to avoid harming the fish, keep your line tight. Bring the fish in, take a photo and let junior go back – a wiser fish!

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* This is a good time to remind readers that this info is MY way of doing things. If it weren’t politically incorrect, I’d say “There’s more than 1 way to  skin a cat.”  This is my way — not necessarily the best way.

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** Even though sporting goods stores promise that the latest generation of hooks are superior, the truth is that I haven’t bought hooks for some time.

I’m still busy cussing at the ones I have. It would probably be smart to try some of the latest hooks, however — What can I blame my fish loss on if the hooks are good?

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If you are interested in the NEW and Gorgeous, here are some  items I added this weekend:  Iwo Jima Memorial,  Great White Shark of Guadalupe, Harley Davidson Freedom Banner.

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