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For the better education and understanding of catch and release!

    Love To Get into Catch And Release?
    But Not Sure How To Start?
    Then Here are Some Of The Basics To Help Get You Started. If Your Looking For A Paticular Fish, Check Out The Tabs Above!

    ***Basic Catch And Release Guide Lines***
    Catch and release fishing is gaining in popularity as more and more anglers are becoming concerned about the state of some of our fisheries and not to mention the fact that many places have size and weight limits, there for bringing in the need for culling your catch.

    These guidelines will work with most all fish and will give all species of fish a greater chance of survival, During Catch And Release! Simply letting the fish go after capture is not all there is to catch and release fishing. Naturally, if the fish is released in such poor condition that it is likely to die anyway, the whole point is defeated. Follow these guidelines and add common sense for best results!

    Use barbless hooks or circle hooks, or pinch the barb flat with pliers. If you use a net, use one made of cotton mesh or rubber. It is less harmful to fish scales, gills and eyes.

    Do not ever throw your fish or toss it in the water. It may hit an object in the water or stun the fish.

    Wet your hands before handling fish. Dry hands and gloves will remove its protective mucous (slime) coating and scales. These protective layers help prevent infection by waterborne disease's. Do not beach a fish or let it flop around the deck of the boat. Try not to remove the fish from the water. If you must, be quick and gentle, do not squeeze the fish. Needle nose pliers, hemostats, de-hookers etc., will speed up the removal of a deep set hook.

    If you are fishing in a river or stream, hold the fish facing the current. Be patient and give the fish as much time as it needs to recover and swim away on its own. Take the fish to slow water when in a Drift boat. Impotant: Maximum time out of the water should be less than 15 seconds. Use heavy tackle to bring fish in quickly. Be more careful when the water temperature is above 7oF. June July Aug can be the worst times to fish because of the extream heat!The colder months of the year are the best times to catch and release!

    Always use the heaviest line possible for each species of fish. Again: the longer you fight a fish, the more lactic acid is built up, the more exhausted it becomes, the greater the chance it will not survive. This is particularly true when fishing large saltwater species. When fishing with small lures or live bait, the chance for hooking a fish deep in the gullet or in the gills is very high. Try to back the hook out the way it went in. Don't pull on the line when the hook is lodged deep in the gullet, this will only injure the fish more.

    Pay attention when bait fishing. Staying alert and being ready when bait fishing will have several advantages. Paying attention ensures that you do not miss to many bites and that when you strike, you are far more likely to lip hook the fish, which simplifies release substantially.

    When fishing at depths of 30 feet or greater, you should bring a fish up slowly to the boat. This sometimes allows the fish to decompress (adjust to the change in water pressure)."This is very important" and will aide in a better chance for the survival of the fish.

    Playing a fish for an extended period of time in warm water will increase its chance's of dying. When the water temperature is high 70+ fish tire much more rapidly due to the increase of lactic acid that builds in their system. When fishing warm water get the fish to you as soon as possible, use a heavier line test than usual.

    If you are in a boat tow it slowly along side the boat to force the water through it's gills. when you think the fish is ok let it go and watch it closely. If the fish does not recover, then try again. If you did well in catching and releasing your fish there is an excellent chance for him to survive because it was handeled and treated with care.

    So remember that by returning your fish back into the water it allows the fish to continue with it's life,"to spawn"(if it's a female) and the population to grow and remain healthy. CATCH AND RELEASE IS AN INVESTMENT IN YOUR FISHING FUTURE AND FUTURE FISHING FOR GENERATIONS TO COME!!!!!!!!!!

    This is what C.A.R.P. ASSOCIATION is about to promote the education of catch and release of fish the safest way we can,for us and the fish.

    So remember, when you go fishing you don't have to take them all home with you . I'm not saying let every fish you catch go, even to many fish can be a bad thing, just keep in mind to keep only what you need and let the rest have a chance to survive. That way when you go back, there will be more fish to catch, which is better then no fish at all.

    Chris Hughes: President and Founder of C.A.R.P.ASSOCIATION

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