Top 5 Worst Fish Handling Mistakes (Avoid These)!
It’s painful to see someone post a picture of their new personal best redfish on Facebook…
But they’re holding it up by its jaw (most likely giving the fish a death sentence).
Some people don’t realize how important it is to properly handle and release fish, while others just don’t know how to do it.
So to solve both of these issues, I have Salt Strong Fishing Coaches Luke and Wyatt on the podcast with me today to talk about it.
- The right way to hold a fish
- Which landing nets are ok to use, and which ones hurt fish
- Which types of circle hooks are actually illegal
- How to properly revive a fish (most people are doing this wrong, and actually killing the fish)
- And much more
If you want to catch fish for the rest of your life, and leave our fisheries in an even better state for our kids and grandkids, then you’re going to love this episode.
You can watch the video version of this podcast below (which I recommend since we show some of the right and wrong types of equipment), listen to the audio version by clicking the play button underneath it, or listen to it on iTunes, Stitcher, or Spotify.
Worst Fish Handling Mistakes [VIDEO]
Worst Fish Handling Mistakes [PODCAST]
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Here’s a timestamped table of contents from my conversation with Wyatt and Luke about how to properly handle fish:
3:09 – The misconception about fish slime and it’s effects on fish mortality
4:30 – The biggest issue that really kills fish
5:50 – Why circle hooks save fish lives
6:10 – Why you should change your treble hooks for single inline hooks
14:13 – Right and wrong types of landing nets (and how to use them correctly)
22:08 – Why it’s important to set a good example (even if you’re keeping a fish)
25:07 – Biggest mistakes anglers make when it comes to holding fish
31:26 – The two types of circle hooks (one is NOT safe for the fish like the other one is… and is illegal in some instances)
33:00 – How to properly revive a fish (there’s a right and a wrong way to do this)
36:45 – What to do when you see a picture of someone mishandling a fish online
- HOW TO PROPERLY LAND, HANDLE, REVIVE & RELEASE FISH
- THE COMPLETE GUIDE TO CATCH, PHOTO, & RELEASE FISHING
The thing about properly handling and releasing fish is that it’s easy!
You don’t need to study and get lucky and practice a lot, you just need to properly support them when you take them out of the water (see the picture above), use the correct net (if at all), and use the right types of hooks.
Have any questions about handling and releasing fish?
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