Catch & Release Fishing Tips
September 22, 2016
With so many amazing lakes near ArrowBrooke, fishing is a great way to spend the weekend, and residents of our master-planned community won’t have to travel far to do it! If the lake you’re fishing at requires catch-and-release, your catch is too small, or you are fishing recreationally, it’s good to keep up with the best practices of catch-and-release. Here is a list of suggestions to help you plan your next fishing trip and keep your catch swimming at the end of the day!
Make sure to bring the right type of hook to catch your fish
The ideal hook for the easiest release is a barbless hook. A circle hook or “J” hook is a good option as it can easily attach to a fish without being swallowed. Avoid treble and double hooks as they can cause significant damage to the fish. Upon removal, make sure that you take out the hook from the opposite direction that it entered.
Bring the right tools
Make sure that you have a pair of long-nosed pliers and scissors to aid in removing the hook from your fish. Other useful tools include surgical forceps, metal cutting pliers, and hemostats.
Keep the fish in water as much as possible
There are a few steps that you can take to limit the amount of time your fish is exposed to air. By keeping your tools nearby, you can reduce the time that it takes to locate them, and release your catch back into the water. Wildlife agencies suggest that you only keep the fish out of the water for the length of time that you can hold your own breath.
Avoid excessive handling of the fish
Fish can be tricky to hold onto when they are thrashing around. Be sure to avoid touching the fish in a manner that removes their “slime”. This is a mucus that serves as a natural adaptation to protect the fish from parasites and infections.
Handle fish gently
When handling your catch, try to use a wet rag, glove, or wet hands. This will calm the fish down and result in an easier removal for you and a higher chance of survival for them. Even if you are an experienced fisher, avoid using the “through the gills” method. If you hook a fish through the gills, cut the line as close to the hook as possible, and release the fish back into the water.
Gently place fish back in water
Once you have properly detached your fish, don’t ruin your hard work by throwing the fish back in the water. This can cause the fish to go into shock. Cradle your fish in the water, and allow it to swim out of your hands. This is an indication that it is healthy enough to be released. Make sure to watch out for the fish until it’s out of site to ensure that it does not require further attention.
Living in ArrowBrooke means staying connected with the outdoors and having the perfect place to play, wind down and call home at the end of a busy day. Residents of our master-planned community will thrive in the convenient and active lifestyle that ArrowBrooke in DFW, Texas has to offer. Learn more about ArrowBrooke and explore our website today!