AND…RELEASE. Make catch and release angling easier this spring with tips from today’s Outdoors Update. From nets that are easier on fish and their slime coats, to having the right tools, there are tactics that make the process easier on the fish…and you!
Featured Photo: Landed. A largemouth bass rests in a rubber landing net. The rubber material makes for an easy release and keeps hooks loose. Simonson Photo.
WEATHER (Bismarck Forecast):
Today: Mon 5/6 – Chilly – Hi 50, Lo 30, Wind S@8
Tomorrow: Tue 5/7 – Some Sun – Hi 53, Lo 32 Wind S@11
SOLUNAR (Bismarck Times):
Moonrise Moonset Overhead Underfoot
7:44AM 11:02PM 3:18PM 2:52AM
Moon Phase: Waxing Crescent (4% Full)
EDGE HOUR: 2:45-3:45PM Moon overhead and relatively calm conditions will help with the bite in today’s Edge Hour
NETTED OUT. Utilizing a rubberized net will eliminate stress on fish, as standard meshing can easily twist around the bodies of fish like walleyes and pike. Additionally, when trolling or casting crankbaits, consider a rubber net for the ease of hook removal from the landing device once the fish is free.
THE TOOLBOX. Having the right gear at the ready helps with releasing fish. A needlenose pliers, hook snipper and mouth spreader are the basics to have stashed in an on-board storage area of the boat.
MASH UP. For large-barbed hooks, like worm hooks for bass, use a pliers to mash the barb down if it is not coming loose from a side-of-the-jaw hookset. This will make removal easier and cause less stress on the fish. You can either replace the hook, or enjoy the added challenge of barbless fishing.