Whether by regulation or choice, catch and release is an essential feature in fishing. In some cases, catch and release is the result of under-sized fish, regulated waters, or a regulated species, and in others, it’s the intent of the angler from the outset. In all cases, every effort should be made to release fish quickly and unharmed.
Across the country catch and release fishing has become an important conservation tool. A number of large fishing communities promote, encourage, and support catch-and-release as a means of preserving and enhancing fisheries.
In practicing effective catch and release fishing, there are a few easy fundamentals to follow:
The basis of successful catch and release fishing is to release fish unharmed. The benefits of catch and release have proved vital to the future of a number of important fisheries around the country. Catch and release fishing is yet another way that anglers contribute to fishing’s long-standing commitment to conservation and preservation of our natural resources.
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