The principle of Catch and Release in carp fishing is becoming more popular and common among fishermen. This direction pleases, because it is important for the future species of fish. Unfortunately, even with this principle, all kinds of injuries and damage to the fish are not a rare occurrence. After the next meeting with the fisherman, the carp leaves for the native element with minor damages.
As a rule, I never use carp bags and release the fish immediately after being caught. But is it possible to blame the fisherman, who caught the fish of his dreams and put it in a carp bag? To wait for the dawn and take a photo in daylight. I sometimes do the same. But I want to offer you a few simple but very important tips that will help minimize the risk of injury and damage to carp.
One day my friend missed a large carp, without properly fixing the bag with the fish. He had already prepared a camera, when he suddenly discovered to his surprise that the fish had gone. It's good that the carp managed to get out. He swam not with the bag. Therefore, the bag for storing fish should be secured as much as possible reliably.
While you are preparing equipment for a photo session, carp is best kept in a bag for storing fish. Before you pull the fish out of the water, prepare a container of water in advance to regularly wet the body of the carp. This will not only mitigate the shock of carp's contact with air, but also make the photo much more attractive. If necessary, this procedure should be repeated, especially in hot weather.
When you get a bag of carp out of the water, always hold it by both hands. Fish should lie horizontally and not bend. Otherwise, you can cause irreparable damage to the delicate and fragile fins. After removing the carp bag from the water with the fish, put it on a comfortable soft mat. First release the tail of the carp, then pull it out entirely.
If you first pull out your head, daylight will dazzle the fish. Carp will be very difficult to calm and safely remove from the bag. Try to remove the bag as quickly as possible. Otherwise, the fish will start to beat on the mate. Can catch on zipper, which can lead to serious injury.
Another good tip is to photograph the fish in the water. If possible, use two mats for greater safety.
So the safe zone will be much larger. The photos will be more realistic. And most importantly - the fish will be safe. If there is no possibility to shoot fish in water, find a safe site on the shore. So you too can make high-quality photos.
Some companies sell special kits with preparations for treating fish wounds. Most fishermen from the UK have such sets. If you also have a kit and lie somewhere on the bottom of the gear bag, do not be lazy to use it.
The advice given here is too obvious. The main question is how many anglers actually follow these simple instructions in real fishing conditions? How many of them are concerned about the health of the caught fish? I think it was not superfluous to re-voice them in this article. After all, all this for the benefit of fish, fishermen and future generations, that is, our children!
I wish you many wonderful trophies. To each time your wonderful trophy safely returned to its native element.