Nomad Sportsfishing whom you will see featured in the banner directly above or just click  have just released a new Code of Practice for their operation. It includes many great tips for handling fish for catch and release.  The whole list is included in this article by clicking Full Story. Below are some hints I penned some time ago for  Capt Greg Bowdish view it online here.

    • Use a purpose made net or landing device.
    • If no net use wet hands or better still wet gloves that will protect fishes slime from human skin oils.
    • Support the fishes spine, belly and head. DO NOT HOLD IT VERTICAL.
    • Be prepared if you are taking photos. Do not keep the fish out of water for longer than 10 seconds. You can take at least two photos in that time!
    • Be realistic some fish will just die when they are be caught and that is a basic fact of fishing. It is not a round of golf, it is hooking and playing a live creature. Think about that and if it does not sit right with you, play golf!
    • The above point made. Use appropriate tackle for the fish targeted. Extended fight periods will increase chance of mortality.
    • Do not release fish that are bleeding heavily and or in "shivering" state. Treat all fish for keeping with respect by dispatching quickly before icing down for consumption.
    • Do not "throw" fish back over the side! Spear tuna species back into the water head first to get a rush of water through gills.
    • Do not break spines of stingrays, rockfish and dogfish. Do not break beaks off Needle fish, billfish or shovel nose sharks. Treat all species the same. Vermin species are not disposable because you do not want to catch them.
    • Above all use common sense when C&R fishing. Obviously the best method is not to remove the fish from the water at all.
    • Do not remove hooks deeply embedded in fishes gills, or stomach. The fish has a better chance of surviving rather than undergoing surgery to remove a hook

    Fly fishing for Largemouth Bass in the winter months is both challenging and rewarding. This article sheds a little light on the subject and will hopefully motivate you into getting out into the cold to try this challenge for yourself.

    Golden Bones

    It has been a public relations coup any politician or spin-doctor would love on their resume. The single most derided fish in freshwater has become trendy.
    Somehow, that scum-sucking scourge of the waterways, the carp, is being described as the bonefish of inland waterways. Big name magazines are devoting pages to the where, how and why. Hell there are even Carp On Fly schools up and running. The Michigan Lower Peninsula this past summer became Carp Central USA, with otherwise well-credentialled and sensible trout fly fishers running around like schoolboys, talking excitedly of golden shapes across sand flats rather than their normal urbane cool towards the Brown drake and Hexagenia hatches.

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