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fishcracker

What would be the proper way to land a Rainbow (net or no net)for catch and release? What gives the fish the best chance of surviving after being caught? What technique is used to revive the fish?
fisher 696

Wet your hands before handling any fish you intend to release. A cradle that has a rubber coating on the net is my favorite choice for trout or other small game fish. Never stick your fingers in the gills or squeeze the fish. Allow the fish to"catch its breath" for a few moments or minutes depending on the size and length of battle. Fish build up lactic acid during a fight and can die from it if not given a chance to recover. By using a cradle you can minimze the amount of handling and keep the fish in the water. Also you can leave the fish to recover in it while you grab yer camera. When the time is right you open the cradle lower it further into the water & the fish swims away to bite another day. Tight lines & sore arms,:-).
fishcracker

I'm not sure i've seen a cradle before. I use a net but it has soft netting. I always try to keep the fish in the water as long as possible before getting the hook out.

I have caught lot's of trout but nobody's ever given me the heads up on the safe release. I'm pretty much self taught.

I can only think of one time where I wasn't sure that the fish wasn't going to survive. After I released it, it kinda floated in the water as it slowly sank. I was doing something else and when I looked back it was gone...so I'm not sure if it revived itself or sank.
Nozzy

if you can get your hands on the recent copy of 'Island Fisherman' magazine (the Jan - Feb 2006 issue, available for free at most island Canadian Tire stores) it has a very good article on C&R techniques. If you're not on the island or can't find a copy drop me a line at hkolson@shaw.ca and I'll mail you a copy of the article.
dustyir

Very very clean wet hands for sure.

They're like Olympic nordic skiers collapsing at the finish line.

I haven't heard this before - maybe some do it:

I fast troll the fish beside my boat so the water flows through it's gills without it having to use energy.

I wait till they take off on their own.

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