of Catch and Release Fishing
several reasons for practising Catch and Release, the
conservation of the fishery one of the most important.
Current management techniques on their own are not sufficient
to maintain a quality fishery with the ever increasing
demands of anglers. That and basic conservation dictate
that we release anything not needed for food. But seriously,
how many of us have to eat a trout these days?
science aside there is a reason that is more important
than any other. And that is that fly fishers are engaged
in a sport. Sporting activities have a moral and ethical
maintain and enhance sporting values. In this case these
sporting values provide contact with wild creatures.
It is this interaction that provides the qualities of
experience that we seek. It is this interaction provided
by non-sentient creatures that restores our ability
to relate to nature that has slowly eroded away as a
result of our modern lifestyle.
trout would not have existed wild and free in our streams
without human intervention they are unlike other domesticated
species like cats, dogs, cattle or sheep which are truly
domesticated. With the situation in Victoria at the
present time with the degraded trout fishery it is imperative
that we release our fish, particularly the larger ones
that will breed.
correctly Catch and Release can be highly effective
with a very high success rate. By following the guidelines
set out below you will ensure that the fish that give
you so much enjoyment swim off none the worse for wear.
To be caught again some other time and hopefully to
Never play a fish out to the point of exhaustion. Use
the heaviest tippets the situation will allow and don't
go chasing large fish with your three weight!
You should use an appropriate soft mesh net were possible.
A net will often halve the amount of time it takes to
land a fish and allows you to gently remove the hook
while keeping the trout in the water. This is the best
way of doing it.
Hands should always be wet before handling fish. Dry
hands damage fish.
the fish is struggling turn it upside down onto its
back. This disorients them and they stop moving.
Where possible use a release tool/disgorger. A pair
of forceps is also satisfactory.
Never squeeze the fish when handling it, only cradle
it loosely in your hands.
If a photo is to be taken then the cameraman should
be getting ready as the fisherman is playing the fish.
The fish should be lifted from the water briefly for
a shot or two after the hook has been removed. If possible
get the angler down low to the water and hold the fish
just above the water for the photo.
Don't keep the fish out of the water for any length
of time. Never put the fish on a gravel bar on a hot
summer day (hot rocks) and certainly never on a hot
surface in a boat.
Support the fish, head into the current letting the
water run through its gills for as long as it takes
to recover. You got to enjoy the experience of catching
it and you now owe the fish the respect of making sure
it is ok.
Remember the whole idea is to release the fish. There
is no use releasing it if you are going to cause its
death by having it out of the water for any length of
time. So be careful!
11/ Please release
all fish when visiting our rivers. They are far too
valuable to be caught just once.
the video on releasing fish by clicking here! 7.4
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