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Best Practices for Catch and Release Fishing

Catch and Release Fishing

release ruler fish_billfishFishing is an incredible sport, hobby, and way of life for many people. In recent years, it has become less about survival and more about fun. There is an issue of fish becoming depleted and many anglers are now employing the practice of catch and release fishing. Catch and release fishing is a great theory, but many people are doing it incorrectly and as a result many fish are dying.  A few steps should be followed when trying to catch and release a fish. This is at the heart of our Release Ruler product.

Once you get the hang of how to do it correctly, you will be able to enjoy your hobby and keep the population of fish full in your favorite stream, lake, or ocean.

The best place to start is with the hooks you use. A fish that has a hole through its mouth is going to be more likely to survive than a fish with a hole in its lung or gill. If you happen to hook a fish in the gut, the best thing to do is to cut off the hook as much as you can then release the fish. Many times the hook will dissolve and the fish will spit it out, but they can also live with a rusted hook hanging from them. Whatever you do, do not tug on your line to pull a hook out or you will severely hurt the fish. If you are able to easily remove the hook, use a pair of needle nose pliers. The process of pulling the hook out is easier if you remove the barbs from the hooks, but try not to wiggle while you pull the hook out. Offshore folks love the circle hook.

Fish are obviously unable to survive outside of the water. Therefore, the longer that it takes you to release them, the more it becomes as if you are suffocating them. The way that a fish is gripped when out of the water will make a big difference. For instance, avoid touching a fishes body with your bare hands. The most ideal place to grab many fish is inside the gills. This way makes it very easy to take the hook out and it enables the fish from biting you. The fish have a slimy protective coat that will be stripped if you touch them with your hands. If you have to touch a fish, make sure that your hands are wet. You may want to wear gloves to protect your hands from cuts or permeating fish smells.

Part of the fun in fishing is to play out the fish. The struggle can be what some anglers wait all day to do. Fish are like humans; when they work out, they build up lactic acid. When you are fighting a fish, they are fighting too. Just like when someone works his or her body out and it feels sore, a fish experiences the same thing. The build up of lactic acid can be toxic to a fish even days later. Therefore, if you are going to practice catch and release, try to keep the struggle to a minimum.

Try not to let a fish flop around when you catch them. A fish that flops around can bruise or damage its internal organs, causing them to die later from the injuries that are incurred. You can also revive a fish if you need to do so. A fish is likely to run out of oxygen and pass out, so to speak. In order to revive a fish, you place the fish in the water with their belly down and gently grasp their tail. Start to slowly move their tail back and forth until they give you the signal that they are ready to take off into the water. Sometimes you will need to repeat the process more than once, but don’t let a fish go until they are ready. A fish that is not ready to swim could get carried away and swept into rocks or embankment and cause serious injury.

More than anything, when you are practicing catch and release, have everything ready to go. Make sure that your camera, pliers, gloves, and Release Rulers are in reaching distance. Try to take the precautions necessary to preserve fish and one of America’s favorite pastimes.

Have you seen the Release Ruler Fish Gripper yet? It’s a great tool to hold your fish safely.

Release Ruler Fish Gripper

$13.99

  • Over center locking – grip to lock, flip to open
  • Unique jaw design – holds the lip of the fish
  • Durable materials – plastic and stainless steel
  • High viz color – easy to see, day or night
  • Wrist lanyard – in case it slips
  • IT FLOATS
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The Release Ruler Fish Gripper is a new fishing accessory added to the Release Ruler brand. Designed to help anglers successfully land a fish with minimal stress. Easy to use handles help secure a fish’s lower jaw making the fish more controllable when caught and released.

  • Over center locking – grip to lock, flip to open
  • Unique jaw design – holds the lip of the fish
  • Durable materials – plastic and stainless steel
  • High viz color – easy to see, day or night
  • Wrist lanyard – in case it slips
  • IT FLOATS!

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8 Tips About Fishing For Beginners

If you are new to the sport of fishing, here are some of the basic rules of fishing. Like other forms of hunting, fishing involves both your environment and those around you. Be respectful of every one and every thing. You can responsibly enjoy this treasured pastime in several ways.

Fishing is an ancient practice. It dates back nearly 10,000 years. A number of various techniques and traditions have been used during fishing’s progression. Modern technological developments have changed the way people fish, but many of the same rules, regulations, and social norms involving fishing remain.

Always practice good stewardship of our waterways when you are fishing. Remember that these waterways were around thousands of years before you and will remain long after we are gone. You can make a conscious decision to leave the areas in which people fish in better condition than when you found it. Take care of our lakes, rivers, and other waterways so that others will enjoy these areas for years to come. Practicing certain behaviors will ensure that you are taking good care of the places where people fish.

Never litter when you are fishing. Always bring a trash bag or other receptacle to use for the collection of your trash. You can easily deposit it in a nearby trash receptacle, or hen you return to the dock. Dump your refuse in properly assigned dumping stations instead of tossing it in the water. You do not need to spend much time figuring out the many ways in which this hurts the environment.

As you fish, always use the correct type of bait and fishing gear. Certain areas allow for certain bait and gear. You will also encounter limits on the number, size, and kind of fish that you can keep. Become familiar with what these limits are and pay attention to them. Your local tackle store is a great resource for what’s biting, and what the fish are biting. Do not wait until you are at your fishing spot to search for what is allowed and what is not. Check with your destination before you head out on your fishing trip to see what the local regulations allow. If you plan on using a boat while fishing, research to see what kinds of watercraft are allowed where you are going to fish.

Every fishing location is different, so pay special attention to local procedures and cautions. This also applies when you decide to clean your boat after you leave the water. You do not want to spread non-native species to another body of water.

Never fish where it is not permitted. There is always a reason why it is illegal. Some reasons include the protection of certain wildlife, the proper care of vegetation, and the safety of you and others who want to fish. Follow the law.

Follow a number of cautionary behaviors to ensure your safety. As with all forms of hunting, safety is first. If you will be using a boat while you fish, always bring life jackets, water, and other necessities. Make sure that your passengers are aware of boating and water safety. Make sure that you never fish on unauthorized waterways. Follow the posted speed limits and wake warnings that accompany the use of a boat. Bring with you all relevant safety items, such as water, flashlights, maps, and a cell phone.

Fishing continues to be a favorite pastime. 2001 saw nearly 16% of the U.S. population over the age of 16 spend 16 days fishing. You enjoy the sport of fishing, so follow the rules that allow for the continuation of fishing. Be responsible and courteous of others and your environment. Take time to discover how you can be both a better and safer angler by having our patented Release Ruler as part of your fishing arsenal.

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4 Tips To Help Plan Your Next Fishing Vacation

Fishing while on vacation is a popular activity. Some vacationers travel with the sole purpose of landing that trophy fish. Others see it as a bonding experience. Whether you are a fisherman with the dreams to fish all over the globe or just want to have fun activity while on a relaxing vacation, there are a few things you should look into before taking that first cast.

  1. You should do a little research on the area you will be vacationing. There are forums and websites dedicated to just about every fishable area. These forums are loaded with useful information on where to go, what to use as bait, and how to use it.   You will also get a good idea of what species of fish you should target along with the difficulty of catching that species.
  2. You should decide on whether your fishing is a do it yourself excursion or guided adventure. There are a lot of factors when making this decision. You should fall back on how successful you want your trip to be.   Usually a guided trips are always productive. Guides have the knowledge and expertise to produce for their client’s day in and day out. So there is a good probability that you will catch your target fish. Do it yourself fishing, in areas that are uncommon to a fisherman tend to be less successful than a guided fishing trip. That being said, when a do it yourself fishing adventure is successful there is no better feeling. Most do it yourself fisherman start with a guided trip to gain general and local knowledge of the area.
  3. When choosing a guide, take the time and call the area bait shops and get the names of all the local recommended captains for the area that you will be visiting. Then do some research and you will realize that all captains have their specialties. With a little bit of information you can choose a captain that would best fit your expectations of your fishing trip.
  4. Now that you have chosen the captain for your trip, the real fun starts. From the first time you step foot on the boat to the moment you say your goodbyes it is a learning experience. Don’t be afraid to ask questions like regulations and patterns of the fish. Also observe how the guide handles the fish and approach to catching the fish. The more that you take away from your guided fishing trip the closer you are to being able to do it yourself.

A successful fishing trip is always a positive addition to a vacation. Whether you looking for a trophy or a relaxing time on the water there are many options to consider. The most important thing to remember is to enjoy yourself and the ones around you.

 

 

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Family Fishing Is Fun

Is the sport of fishing right for you? Surveys say that more than 40 million Americans love to go fishing and make it their primary leisure activity as opposed to other sports.

In Alabama, fishing represents a substantial impact on the state economy. Hundreds of millions of dollars are represented and about 20,000 people list fishing as their source of livelihood. However, most people consider it as a form of relaxation and a family activity.

In the book titled The Incomplete Psychology of Everyday Fishing psychologist Paul G. Quinnett dedicated an entire chapter about fishing as a source to relieve stress.

Anytime to interact with your children is time worth investing. Fishing is a way to connect. All children can experience the excitement and adventure of fishing. You will always remember the very first time you caught a fish, and the parent or guardian who showed you how to catch it. You gain enjoyable time outdoors and learning experiences from fishing which makes it a great family activity.

Alabama promotes its lakes and open banks as places best for fishing. You don’t need a boat. Stop in a local tackle store and ask for help if you don’t know which tackle to choose.. You will be on your way to enjoying the fun of fishing and understanding why its the best family activity you could enjoy. You’ll be hooked.

Release Ruler wants to help you experience the best possible time when fishing. From hooking your first fish to releasing it safely. If you have a question about fishing, give us a shout. We’ll do our best to help. info@releaseruler.com

 

 

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Largemouth Bass Release Ruler Wins New Product Showcase at ICAST

largemouth-bass_fishing rulerOrlando, FL—The all-new Largemouth Bass Release Ruler has taken a top spot in the FishSmart category of the 2015 ICAST New Product Showcase. The Freshwater Release Ruler provides the estimated average weight of largemouth bass based on length. The contrasting color combinations provide easily readable measurements for a quick release and the ruler is made of durable PVC to stand up to the toughest conditions bass fishermen frequently encounter on the water. The Release Ruler measures 3 inches by 36 inches, is easily stowed, can be moved from boat to boat or taken on a trip.

“The purpose of this product, as with all Release Rulers, is to allow anglers to gain an accurate estimation of a fish’s weight so they can be released to fight again,” says Release Ruler founder Dale Wills. “And while we have rulers for all the popular saltwater species, we believe that the Largemouth Bass ruler may surpass them all in terms of popularity with anglers around the world.” Wills says the rulers are based on scientific growth charts and are also customizable for easy branding and photo verification.

The ICAST New Product Showcase recognizes the top products in the marine industry in a variety of categories. It’s the world’s largest annual trade show for the marine industry.

For more information visit www.releaseruler.com or email info@releaseruler.com.

 

Contact: Dale Wills

Phone: 561-301-3841

Email: info@releaseruler.com