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CATCH & RELEASE HELPFUL HINTS

Catch and release is both voluntary and rule enforced at the club.

The rules force catch and release in the No Kill Area from March 1 to October 31.
Click here to see Fishing Rules.

Wet your hands before touching the fish.

Don't touch the fish if you can. Try to keep it in the water. Use forceps or needle nose pliers.

Avoid using a net, or purchase a catch and release net, and never use a dry towel.

Do not squeeze the fish to tight damaging its' organs.

Do not hold up a fish up horizontal by the jaw like some of the bass pros do in commercials.

If the hook is swallowed, do not dig it or pull it out. Cut the line as close to the hook as possible.

Use single barbless hooks for easier releasing of your fish.

Use pliers to pinch down the barb and either bend closed or cut off two of the hooks on a treble.

Do not play the fish to exhaustion, land it as quickly as possible.

Do not allow the fish to flop around on the ground.

When you release a fish that is lethargic, gently move the fish back and forth forcing water though its' gills.

If you are bait fishing, set the hook quicker than normal, to prevent swallowing. Use circle hooks with bait.

If anyone would like to see a demonstration, see me after one of the stockings.

Even if you always C&R and you accidentally hook a fish in the gills, take it home. Don't let it go to waste.

 

"A good game fish is too valuable to be caught only once" - Lee Wolfe, 1938

 
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