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6. Handle your catches with care. 
Bass are a valuable commodity for recreational sea anglers, and it’s nice to slip them back in tip-top nick, which often means a few seconds of nursing them back to full health before letting them swim off.
Watch out for those spines, too. Little, lively schoolies have numerous spiny fins and sharp gill plates, which will pepper your hands with painful stab wounds as you try to calm them down for unhooking. 
A wet cloth or gloves saves you from too much blood loss. A spacious, river-style net will land the biggest of bass, and an extra long, sturdy handle helps to reach fish from moorings, harbour walls and rocky venues.