CAUGHT, RELEASED, AND EATEN BY RACOONS
By George Revel
With warmer weather comes warmer water temps. Warmer water has less oxygen and increases the risk of fish mortality. This is not about judgement; it is simply about moving forward. Fishing the Truckee River on a Monday morning and seeing the number of dead fish is quite the eye opener on just how poorly anglers are treating the resource. We are all guilty of mishandling a fish but I urge to extra careful especially during these warmer conditions.
Here are a few tips to making sure you fish survive after you release them:
- Fish barbless hooks.
- Use the heaviest tippet you can get away with. Lighter tippets can extend the fight
- Avoid fishing in the middle of the day - Water temps are at their highest during the middle of the day.
- Don’t over play the fish - Practice fighting fish. Don’t be afraid to break a few off to find out just how hard you can pull on 4 or 5x.
- Use a rubberized net. Netting a fish is the easiest and least invasive way to land a fish.
- Wet your hands before you touch the fish.
- Keep the fish in the water.
- Don’t squeeze the fish
- Revive the fish by pointing the fish upstream into the current.
- Ditch the grip and grin and photograph the fish in the water.
Courtesy of Golden Gate Angling and Casting Club