Do you have tips for catch and release when saltwater fishing?

When saltwater fishing – do you have any tips for Catch and Release?

The goal of any fisherman practicing a Catch and Release is to provide the fish with the maximum chance of survival when you get it back into the water.  When fighting with a saltwater fish, the longer the fight continues the less likely it is that the fish will survive a release.  The quicker you can bring the fish to the boat, the better.  If Catch and Release is important to you, you’ll want to make sure you’re using fishing gear that will minimize the amount of time the struggle has to continue before you can bring the fish in.  The amount of time a fish is actually out of the water will also either increase or decrease his chances.  The longer you keep him out of the water, the quicker his odds of survival begin to drop.  To minimize this problem, try to remove the hook while the fish is still in the water but if that’s not possible, a wide-mesh landing net is the next best thing.  Nets made of soft material won’t rub off the fish’s protective coating.  If you have to touch the fish, avoid the super sensitive gills.  Touching them even slightly can cause severe damage.  Always make sure your hands are wet or wear wet gloves when handling the fish.

Daniel Eggertsen
Dan Eggertsen is a fellow saltwater fishing enthusiast to the point of obsession. :) He's been providing solid advice on saltwater fishing since 2004.

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