Tuesday, November 17, 2009

The Environment and Catch and Release Fishing



At Fishresource.com we always encourage the respect of our natural resources and conservation to ensure that others and future generations will have the same to enjoy. We preach that "...the outdoors. It was not passed down to us from our parents, but loaned to us from our children..."

Always try to leave your fishing spot exactly as it was when you came to it - never leave behind food containers, plastic bags or garbage. Even fishing line can be very dangerous to wildlife, especially birds, and lead to the tangling of limbs, etc. Many fishing and tackle shops will accept old or tangled line for recycling. please bring it in to them or dispose of properly in the garbage.

Catch and Release Fishing: This is a term that is rapidly growing in popularity and one that we support greatly at Fishresource.com. It revolves around the belief that fish should never be wasted. If you catch a fish that is under the legal limit, for example, or that you do not wish to keep, release it quickly to give it the best chance of survival. We recommend that unless you would like to eat your catch, throw it back. You can keep it by taking a picture of it - taxidermists will now provide you with a to scale replica of your catch, that you can hang on your wall, by working with a picture - gone are the days where you have to physically bring in the fish!

Whenever possible, keep the fish in the water and avoid physically handling it and carefully backing out the hook through the lip. In the event that the fish has swallowed the hook or it is hooked in such a way that removal would be too damaging to the fish, cut the line as close to the lure or hook as possible, and release the fish.

If by chance you need to revive a fish from being out of water for too long, simply moving it very gently back and forth in the water will often do the trick. This provides the oxygen to the gills, much in the same way as we receive oxygen from taking air in and out of our lungs. When it begins to struggle or show signs of movement, let it go

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