How to care for your catch

ANGLER’S MAIL is No.1 for big fish and this week we break away from the usual Big Fish Blog by firms to  look at something vitally important: how to look after your fish once you have caught them. The importance of safe and humane handling of all species is ever growing, and is reflected by the sheer volume of fish welfare products currently available, from fully padded and protective cradles for the heavyweights, through to various antiseptic products for treating hook wounds, sores and other blemishes. Thankfully, many fisheries now make unhooking mats mandatory – in fact, we wouldn’t be at all surprised if they were made an Environment Agency law in the future, with strict consequences for those caught on the bank without one. Any damage, no matter how insignificant, can penetrate vital protective mucus layers, rendering it susceptible to fatal secondary infections. Damage caused by mishandling also leaves fish more vulnerable to disease – so treat your quarry with care and you’ll help to keep your venue’s inhabitants in tip-top nick for future generations. Releasing your catch as quickly as possible is of paramount importance, causing the minimum stress to the fish as possible. Keeping calm and collected helps the whole procedure run smoothly and make sure that everything required for dealing with a banked fish is close to hand – the last thing you want is a lively fish flapping around on the mat while you’re frantically searching out forceps, slings and scales buried somewhere among your kit.           If you like this blog please share it via Facebook and Twitter by clicking the icons at the top. THE BIG FISH BLOG RETURNS NEXT THURSDAY. Be sure to read Angler’s Mail every week for latest tips and tricks plus a lot, lot more for big fish fans.   Report a big fish by emailing a photo to Angler’s Mail >>> email anglersmail@ipcmedia.com   Like us on Facebook >> AnglersMailMagazine Follow us on Twitter >> @AnglersMail Watch Angler’s Mail TV >> AMTV