Catch and Release: Trout Dying To Get a Good Photo ?

via Bish & Fish from New Zealand

or simply put, if you hold and squeeze the fish in its vital organs you have a good chance of killing it even if it seems to swim off well. if you’re interested in releasing our little friends properly please take a minute to read the complete article by clicking either image. please share !

“So, you have landed the fish as quickly as possible to limit capture stress and you are about to pick up the fish and a get a few ‘grip and grin’ shots before release.
But, grip and grin, can all too often turn into grip and kill, and it is all down to where and how you grip the trout that can determine its survival.”

Anatomical drawing of trout
Have a look at the anatomical drawing above showing the main internal structure and components of a trout. Take particular notice where the heart is (red outline) – between and under the gills and liver, just above the Pectoral fins.
These three organs, heart, gills and liver are very susceptible to damage, although not always immediately obvious, unless the damage is very severe leading to immediate death. A fish subject to external pressure to the heart and other organs may swim away on release, but many die soon after.

The way it should be…

Good grip

if an analogy helps, hold it as you would a baby’s head, gently cradling with fingers spread out to widen the contact area while supporting it’s head.

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3 thoughts on “Catch and Release: Trout Dying To Get a Good Photo ?

  1. i can see no need to eliminate photos as long as its done reasonably. how else would us old farts guys… remember what we caught ? :mrgreen:

    i’ve been thinking about it for a while but i’m getting ‘the call’ to formulate with the input of others a comprehensive c&r manifesto. nearly everyday, whether in real or on videos we see anglers doing this very hap-hazardously and all the negative studies (high death rates) on c&r go to prove that there’s some severe problems with their methods.
    what i find alarming is how TU seems to often come up with these figures and even come up with ridiculous statements that barbed hooks are better for the fish than barbless…

    like the article above says, it’s not because it went back alive that its going to remain alive.

  2. My intent in writing the last paragraph was to show that lifting a fish out of the water for a photo adds stress exponentially to a fish that is already stressed. I understand that fishers will continue to take photos of fish, my purpose was to ensure that anglers know the real consequences of holding fish out of the water, and that it is imperative that knowledge of how to hold a fish is critical to that fish’s survival.

    Thanks for helping to spread the word!

    • loud and clear Tony, thanks for your great article and comment.
      this post is getting a lot of reads and shares. it’s nice so many people are interested and caring. hopefully they’ll take this to the water with them !

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