Do You Have the Tools for Catch and Release?

ATTENTION ALL MUSKIE FISHERMEN!

Keep These Items Readily Available…..

  1. Large Rubber Coated Landing Net That Allows the Fish to Remain in the Water While Unhooking
  2. Bolt Cutter and Spare Hooks
  3. Large Needle Nose Pliers
  4. Jaw Spreader
  5. Camera

Proper Release Methods

  1. Keep The Fish in the Net and in the Water While Unhooking, and Get Your Camera Ready.
  2. Evaluate How the Fish is Hooked, Use a Jaw Spreader to Open the Mouth.
  3. Cut Hooks if Necessary, This is the Safest for You and the Fish.
  4. REMOVING THE FISH FROM THE NET/WATER
    Is your camera person ready? Place your hand onto-along the gill plate, do not touch the actual gills.  Slide your hand up towards the lower jaw bone, then apply pressure with your thumb to the outside jaw. Maintain a firm grip.  Put your other hand under the belly of the fish to support its “weight”.  Hold your breath and lift fish from net, be gentle but swift.
  5. THE PHOTO
    A couple quick photos should take less than 10 seconds. If you have run out of breath, the fish has been out of the water unnecessarily long.
  6. THE RELEASE
    Lay the fish back into the water with both hands.  Maintain control of the fish by holding its tail. While maintaining control of the fish swim it in a forward direction, DO NOT pull the fish backwards. Allow the muskie time to re-gain its strength. Stick around for a few minutes after the release.

by Brett Jolly

Captain Jolly Charters

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