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For the better education and understanding of catch and release!

    Here are some of the basics for catch and release of Trout!
    Remember these are only Guide Lines and common sence should all ways be used.

    ***Basic Catch And Release Guide Lines***
    Try to keep in mind that a trout that appears unharmed when released may not survive if not handled correctly. Here Are a few tip's to in sure your fish swims away to a healthy recovery.

    Time is of grate importance here. Play and release the trout as quick as possible. After catching the fish and the trout is out of the water to long, it will suffer brain damage due to lack of oxygen and if the trout is played gently for too long may be too exhausted to recover and die.

    Try to keep the fish in the water when ever as much as possible. A fish out of the water is suffocating and is many times heavier. It's possable he may pound himself fatally if allowed to flop on the bank, boat, or rocks.

    When working with Trout, Remove the hook as rapidly as possible using longnosed pliers, or some form of hook remover. (Not your fingers if you can help it) If you find the hook deeply hooked, cut the line as close as possable to the hook and leave the hook in. Trout are known to bleed very easy and weaken fast, so try to be quick and easy with them at the same time.

    At all times, try to Keep your fingers out of the gills. They can be lifted and held quite easily by holding the lower lip. Always use wet hands when handling fish if at all possable. Dry hands or rough handling will remove the slime that covers the fish that protects it against disease. Use a rubber coated Net if you can or cradle. aposed to the nylon nets that have large to small knots and can be a bit rouge on the eys and gills. It's a good idea to keep the net in the water at all time when the fish is netted, if you can and besure to wet the net first hand before netting your fish.

    Some fish, especially with Trout after a long struggle, may lose consciousness and you'll find them floating belly-up. Hold the fish in the water upright. Move the fish forward and backwards so that water runs through the gills slow and easy. This is called artificial respiration and may take a few minutes to revive the fish. When you see that is has revived and begins to struggle and can swim normally, then release it knowing you did every thing to help insure the life of the fish.


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