Catch And Release – Fact Or Fiction

Catch And Release – Fact Or Fiction

By Iain Loveman

Is it possible to catch and release a fish without harming it any way?
The answer is NO!

pike 001So, now you have to decide either you want to catch a fish to provide a meal or catch a fish and release it with the minimum amount of damage allowing it to recuperate and survive.
What we are talking about is known as delayed mortality.

I can hear you saying, “I practice catch and release and I do everything I can so the fish will live”.

The question is are You?

How many of us use a 4 to 6 lb. test and set your drag loose so you can “play” your prey?

This technique prolongs the fight and stresses the fish out.

Do you really think that the fish say to themselves, this is just a game and this guy is going to let me go?

Of course not, your fish is hooked and is fighting for his life every time. It is recommended to use heavier line and put the pressure on to get the fish to you as quickly as possible.

How many of us use barbless hooks or squeeze the barbs with a pair of pliers?

Although some damage is inflicted it is a lot less even to the point where they do their own catch and release.

Can you say you use circle hooks and are aware of the technique used?
It takes a little more practice but when you set the hook you only embed the hook in the lip.

Have you ever removed the treble hook and replaced it with a larger treble?
Think about how many times your hook was swallowed to the point of no return.

Do you remove the side hook?
I can’t count the number to times the treble nearly fell out of a Bass’s mouth but the side hook was impaled in the gill or eye area.

Let’s talk a little about those release methods.

Ok, so you’ve got your bass, crappie, sunfish, muskey, walleye, etc. and you reach out and grab it while it dangles on your line.

Do you grab it by the lip? Do you hold it by the gills? Do you hold it gently squeezing the sides?
Do you use a rubber net or a string net?

You know that slimy stuff you got on your hands?

That slimy stuff is part of the fishes immune system and by removing it you have effectively killed the fish by opening it up to infection. Your prey will not die today or tomorrow but you might recognize your catch as it floats by on the surface the next time you visit.

Believe or not the safest way to catch and release is to never touch the fish, just cut the line and hopefully, the stomach juices should dissolve the hook in about a week but short of that using a cradle or rubber net or grabbing your fish by the lip would be your best choices. Grabbing and holding your fish by the gills is an automatic death sentence.

The whole point is to increase the survival rate, so that future fishing will be possible.

Just some food for thought.

Iain Loveman


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t doesn’t take much to get the party started with the new Storm® Arashi® Vibe. Even the slowest retrieve speed will elicit shimmies and shakes from Storm’s new lipless crankbait, spurring even the most wallflower of fish to bump and grind it between their jaws.

Talk about putting out a good Vibe.

“Being able to fish it extremely slow is very advantageous,” says Brandon Palaniuk, five-time Bassmaster Classic contender. “If you look at a lot of lipless crankbaits in a swimming pool, it takes a fair amount of speed to get them to impart any action. But the Vibe, as soon as you start turning the reel handle, that bait’s swimming.”

Featuring a soft-knock rattle, the Vibe emits a unique single-cadence, low-pitch sound that attracts attention without alarming tentative fish. “It’s a subtle, single-knock sound,” Palaniuk says. “Rather than a higher-pitch sound made by a bunch of BBs rattling around, it’s got one balance weight that’s a little bit loose — that creates the sound.”

Palaniuk loves to fish the Arashi Vibe parallel to grass edges and over the top of scattered vegetation. Both a steady retrieve and lift-fall technique can be effective. “When fish are using a grass line or grass patches to ambush prey, there’s not many baits better,” he says. “The fish are keyed in on those baitfish and looking up.”

Ticking the edge or top of the grass and pulling free with a jerk of the rod often triggers bites — and from bigger fish.

“When you rip the Vibe out of the grass, it’s going to come out really clean and come straight up and back down — it’s not going to blow out,” Palaniuk says. “Then, when I continue my retrieve, I can detect any subtle differences in the bait. So if a fish slaps at the bait and causes it to lose action, they’ll actually knock slack in your line and you’re able to feel that a lot better.”

Not only does the Vibe start swimming at slower speeds than other lipless crankbaits, it falls slower too, according to Palaniuk. “So it allows you to be able to fish shallower water at a slower speed when that’s what you’re looking for,” he says.

Although many anglers fish lipless crankbaits mostly in the spring, when fish are first “pulling up” from deeper water and closer to shallow spawning areas, Palaniuk will fish a Vibe 12 months out of the year. “It’s really good when fish aren’t quite schooling on bait, but they’re relating to bait,” he says.

Rotated hook hangers, a feature of all baits in the Arashi family, ensure that the Vibe’s two sticky-sharp No. 3 Premium VMC® Black Nickel Hooks will grab fish and not let go. The rotated hook hangers improve action and prevent hang-ups as well. The Vibe also has a self-tuning line tie, another feature unique to the Arashi line of baits.

The Arashi Vibe measures 2 3/4 inches, weighs 9/16 ounces and comes in 14 color patterns: Hot Blue Shad, Bluegill, Blue Back Herring, Wakasagi Ghost Hitch, Green Gill, Rusty Craw, Mossy Chartreuse Craw, Red Craw, Black Silver Shad, Green Gold Shad, Copper Green Shad, Pro Blue Shad and Dirty Shad.

Palaniuk fishes a Vibe on 15-pound test 100 percent fluorocarbon a majority of the time. “If I want to fish it deeper, I may go down to 12-pound test or I may go up to 20 if I want to fish it shallower,” he says.

“Arashi” (Ah-Rah-Shee) means “Storm” in Japanese. Storm is one of many respected names in the Rapala® family of brands.


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“Fishing a Texas rig is very popular among bass fisherman, however, it can be used on other species as well. It is a technique used primarily for soft plastic baits.”

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Trout fishing rigs are simply pieces of terminal tackle and/or fishing hooks and baits that are rigged together and used when fishing for trout. “

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