Maximise the survival rate of fish released after capture

Which techniques maximise the chances of a fish’s survival upon release? Things such as how long the fish has been fought for, whether they have been lip or gut hooked, how they are unhooked and handled and if they can be returned quickly back to depth all play an important part in their survival. Once released, fish may swim away strongly and the fisher thinks they are healthy and back to normal. Unfortunately released fish can still succumb to infection and die days later from loss of slime during the handling process. Here is an important checklist to consider when out fishing.


Hooks and barbs – what you need to know



Handling techniques – how to do it properly

Help your fish beat barotrauma

Take note if you are using this tackle

Landbased best practices