Thinking Anglers

This subject can never be written enough. As the way fishing is going with the want for more commercial and big fish waters, there are now so many more mouths which means more fish being hooked with the number of anglers on the increase all chasing their prize catch. Large head of carp plus anglers can only result in more carp being caught so we need now more than ever to get into a routine for treating every fish being small or big.
We should look after and respect any species of fish we catch even if it’s not the type you are fishing for. I’ve seen carp anglers get annoyed with catching a bream or tench...etc...but when they catch one of these species at a specimen size it’s totally different, they are having there picture taken?. Remember that it could be someone else’s prize catch.

You see anglers using small towels when handling smaller fish but again make sure these are wet or damp. When weighing smaller fish only use scales with 1oz division for an accurate reading. Other species such as barbel and grass carp need more time to revive when returned to the water so again keep the fish righted in the water. Don’t let the fish swim of on the first kick. Hold on until it kicks a number of times. The fish we catch should be looked after in the best way possible at all times.
    Check List:

    STEP 1. Make sure your carp care kit, bucket of water, matt and weigh sling are all together where you are going to unhook your fish.

    STEP 2. Make sure your matt and weigh sling are all wetted down before lifting the fish out of the water.

    STEP 3. Before lifting the fish out make sure all the carps fins are flush to its body.

    STEP 4. Then unhook your fish and treat the hook holds and any body sores with your carp care kit.

    STEP 5. Next transfer the carp from net to weigh sling and check its weight.

    STEP 6. Once weighed wet the carp down again.

    STEP 7. By placing one hand around the pelvic fin and one around the anal fin gently lift carp for photos.

    STEP 8. When returning your carp find some deep margins and hold fish in water until its ready ie when it starts kicking or once its
                  blown air from its gills.