Many anglers choose to release the fish they catch. However, sometimes fish are so injured by the catch that their odds of surviving back in the water are poor. Here are some tips to improve a fish's chances of living to fight another day:
· Keep the fight short by using heavier tackle.
· Use a circle hook or crush the barb on a J-hook to avoid injuring the fish.
· Never keep a fish out of the water longer than you can hold your breath.
· The slime that covers a fish protects it from infection, so use wet hands or gloves when you handle the fish. A dehooker lets you remove the hook without touching the fish.
· Never dangle a fish by its jaw, and always support its body with your hands.
· When releasing a deep-sea bottomfish, use a venting tool to relieve the air from the fish's air bladder.
Using good catch-and-release practices will help ensure the fish survives after being released
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