Below is a list of a fisherman’s or fisherwoman’s arsenal and some tips
Fish Rod – Bait Casting, Spinning, Telescopic, Fly Rods and much more
Fishing Reel – Bait Casting, Spinning, Fly Reels and more
Clothing for Fishermen – Male and Female
Fishing Equipment for Children, Boys and Girls
Fish Hooks – an enormous range for various types of fishing
Lures and Flies
Fishing Line, Braided and Nylon and everything in between
Fishing Accessories – impossible to list all that’s available
Fishing Combos – Rod and Reel plus other needed goodies all in one
I suggest CATCH AND RELEASE and here are a few tips to use. While initially used extensively as the domain of Fly Fishermen,”catch and release” is now practiced by most fishermen. Fish stocks worldwide are under pressure, some forms more that other so unless you grab for the pot release the fish. The majority of us unfortunately have no idea if the fish is male or female, carrying eggs or not so releasing the fish safely back to its habitat is the right thing to do.
Use Circle Hooks. These hooks are designed so the point is turned away from the shank to form a round shape. The Circle Hook has been heavily researched and is essential for many catch-and-release anglers. Eliminate this Barb on the hook.Use a pair of pliers or forceps to squash the barb down. This makes for much more interesting fishing since you will need to keep the line taught so that the fish does not spit out the hook. Barbless hooks are much safer, easier and quicker to remove therefore causes less stress for the fish.
Be conscious of the fact that hooking a fish is extremely stressful for it. Too much stress can allow the fish die even after hours after release.
To fight this problem use oversize equipment to land the fish as soon as possible.
Use a web that will not damage the fish.
Use surgical forceps or special pliers plus a tool which may reduce the metal of the hook if necessary.
If your forceps/pliers will not release the hook then cut on the line where it’s tied to the hook. The hook will rust soon and give the fish a better chance of recovery.
Never ever attempt to remove a hook through the fish’s gills. In fact don’t touch the gills in any respect.
Fish may seem lethargic when released. Hold the fish to the stream or in still water grip the fish lightly and move it backwards and forwards until you feel that it is ready to be released.
And now the most important matter!
While the catch and release issue but it is certainly at the forefront of saving our oceans for future generations. It’s in everyone’s interest to be responsible!
Leave the area better than you found it. Always have a container or bag with you to take your garbage, used line, lures, flies, bait containers and much more with you to dispose of in the correct manner along with the Squirrel Poop