Catch and release

Catch and release

During the fishing season a lot of the caught fish will be returned to their natural environment. This is partially regulated by voluntary catch and release practiced by anglers and to an extent by a set of rules stipulating which fish may be kept.

A basic requirement is that you should always handle the fish with great care. It is always your own responsibility to handle these beautiful creatures with the respect they deserve. Always try to minimize the time spent drilling the fish. The fish may take damage during a fight due to a high production of lactic acid in the muscular structure. Of course when pressing a fish that little bit harder you may increase the risk of not landing it, however this is a better alternative than trying to return a fish that has gone belly up. At slightly higher water temperatures, significantly above 16 degrees, it is risk filled releasing a fish that has endured a long, hard drilling process.

Do not drag the fish up onto dry land, unhook it with forceps or pliers while it is still in the water. If the hook is extremely difficult then sever your trace. We always recommend that you fish with barbless hooks to facilitate a practical catch and release.

Exposure to air will always be detrimental to the fish, a quick photo is always a possibility but do not exercise that option if it will have a major adverse effect on the fishes health. Try to retain the fish in the water as much as possible.
When handling the fish remember to wet your hands first. The fish are covered in a layer of slime that is antibacterial. Damaging this layer may expose the fish to risk for infections. Never lift the fish by its pharynx or hold it by the tale with its head down. The health of the fish should always be a priority.

A good photo, length and weight notations are of secondary importance.
See catch and release as a fantastic opportunity for selective fishing in our waters and remember it is always practiced under great personal responsibility.