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|Geschrieben von Joe Bednar, Keith Kavajecz und Larry Ramsell am 09.01.2006 um 15:39|
Stimmen aus den U.S.A.
Greetings Fellow Esox Fan,
I should take the time to reseach these sites more but some commitments have
me just quickly making the following comments for your consideration:
Hope this helps a bit, good piking to you!
This is a great cause to be involved with. In the United States we have seen
a tremendous gain in popularity of Catch and Release. Even in my lifetime,
I have seen anglers that were always “meat fisherman” change their
attitudes to one of “Selective Harvest”. Taking fish they are going
to eat, releasing the larger “breeding” fish and in some cases
(like big Pike/Musky) going to a complete C&R program. Two things that
have helped with this tremendously are digital cameras (so instantaneous bragging
can occur) and excellent graphite replica’s (for the wall hangers).
It has been proven by scientific study here in the US, that catch and release of muskellunge (first cousin to the pike) works exceedingly well with proper handling, and contributes to the future fishery. Several re-captures of tagged fish clearly document that the species Esox continue to grow and get re-caught again and again, providing additional sportfishing for all anglers.
Many variations exist in today’s release ethics and methods. After seeing many discussions on various web sites I decided to share what I have learned from spending time with many friends up close with the fish.
Landing and Release Tools
The use of landing and release tools such as nets, cradles, gaffs or Boga
Grips is essential. Some can be used in collaboration with one another. Tools
are of necessary order as well including long nose pliers, bolt cutters, side
cutters, and grip pliers.
When you get the fish to the boat, use your landing tool of choice to secure the fish. You then want to focus on removing the hooks to prevent potential injury to the fish and the angler. Paying attention to the fish’s disposition along boat side will prevent injuries. Use your various tools to remove the hooks as quickly as possible. For deeply embedded hooks, cut them with hook cutters and remove the pieces after the lure is removed from the equation.
Once you have removed the hooks, you want to allow the fish a recuperation
period. Having a cradle or net are ideal tools to facilitate the rest period.
Leaving the fish in the retaining tool will allow both the fish and the angler
to settle down from the activity level they have both just experienced. The
rest period may vary from one individual fish to another depending on the energy
spent during the fight. A time period of 5 to 10 minutes, depending on the
water temperatures, seems to be adequate.
Handling the Fish
Lifting the fish should be done with caution. Try and disperse the weight when lifting the fish out of the water. A net or cradle may be used for this purpose. When taking pictures of the fish, try and hold the fish with a little distance from your clothing and body. This will prevent slime removal, which could potentially lead to infections or disease. Consider how long you can hold your breath after running a quarter or half mile, even with 5 minutes of rest. The fish will be exhausted, so do not keep the fish out of water for prolonged periods of time.
Horizontal holds seem to be a growing trend and with today’s knowledge available, we should take notice of information provided about potential injuries.
Vertical holds can be potentially damaging to several areas of the fish. If you use this hold, remember to support the flanks of the fish. This will help displace the stress point of your hold off the head of the fish. It may also aid you in controlling the fish in case of movement. Limit your time will using this hold.
Several areas of stress are to be considered when vertically holding a fish. Muskies held in this position could experience severe ripping of the membrane beneath the lower jaw, as the V shaped connected tissue comes under significant stress. This is directly attached to the breathing areas (gills). The upper spine can come under strain leading to nerve damage. Internal injuries can be as vast as organ slippage, tearing of internal membranes or stretching of vital internal organs (developing eggs and ovaries). Many of these injuries may not be visible to the angler, but can result in post release mortality of the fish.
When handling fish, there seems to be no proper or best method. Airing on the side of caution and keeping the safety of the fish in mind should be considered.
Releasing the Fish
Place the fish back in the water with caution, ensuring to disperse the weight of the fish throughout its entire body. Allow the fish to recuperate one last time before it departs. Let the fish release itself from your hands under its own strength and ability. High water temperatures increase the chances of post release mortality. When water temperatures are warmer, a longer release should be considered. Water release pictures can be spectacular.
Take into consideration that this system or chain of steps can be improved, but it is what I have established when handling muskies. Steps leading from the capture through to the release should be well thought out and planned.
If capturing the memories of your day or fish is not of importance, consider water release as an option to limit handling and out of water time for the fish. Water release shots can and will be memorable and educational. I am not saying not to handle fish, but merely to consider the necessity of doing so. Is this a special fish which you need to handle extensively?
I am further interested in ideas that can improve my system. I fully understand that post mortal release will always be part of the equation, but bettering our ways of handling and releasing will increase our chances of successful release. With today’s do’s and don’ts we should open our minds to education while practicing our favourite sport so that future generations will be able to enjoy the resource as we do today.