Back in the day, the original warriors were preparing a coup against their enemies. They often carried a coup stick decorated with relics and symbols of their coups. The coup, which means “the blow,” was to be witnessed by the other warriors. Counting the coup was braver than killing their enemy. Brave’s goal was to win and show prestige without bloodshed.
Today, anglers calculate the inversion when catching and releasing fish. Proper and quick battle, wet/net capture, quick separation and nice firing. Trout can live for another day. A study in Idaho reported that the average trout fisherman catches and releases a fish in less than 26 seconds. Any time faster than 30 seconds will not cause significant mortality, unless the fish is squeezed, dropped, bled or mishandled. Every second counts. ￼
Many practitioners of fly fishing curse bait catchers, kill a fish, or misuse the fish. Unfortunately, many of these same fishermen are responsible for a lot of dead fish being released incorrectly. The newest way men fly Count Coups, it seems, is to display pictures from their daily catch. Then they post several catches to brag about the day. 3 inches or 3 pounds, it’s a fish that has been caught. Sure, the fish were released, but, how fast can they catch the fish, take out the cell phone camera, say cheese, and snap a Camera Coup?
Healthy trout takes 3-4 minutes to suffocate out of the water. This is the same thing as most humans. This time it does not take into account other factors that cause and accelerate mortality. Cell phone cameras kill more fish than fishermen.
it’s a Rarely will not one thing kill the trout or fish out of the water. Here are several issues that speed up the death rate.
hook Dull hooks cause bad cuts. Sharp hooks are removed more easily. Barbed hooks don’t make much difference. Sharp single hooks on flies, deer, bait and bait hooks are easy to remove.
temperature Trout grows between 35 and 65 degrees. Once it gets warmer, deaths become an even bigger concern. All fish are more stressed in warmer conditions. Cold water saves fish life!
The length of the battle The longer you fight a fish, the higher the risk of death. More than 5 minutes is the long way for most trout and warm water fish. Saltwater fish can fight and survive longer battles. Try to play and land your fish in less than 3 minutes. Use a distinct leader/line, disc pull, or smooth pull, longer rod, and net. Teamwork helps reduce battle time. The longer the fish fights, the more lactic acid builds up in its muscles. They may swim away but may not eat for weeks afterward.
Stress Fishing, fighting, netting and handling is a scary event for fishes. Imagine if you were the fish. Nobody ever tells the fish that they are going to release them. They are fighting for their lives when a huge net, a hand or a human snatches them from the water. Large fish can have heart attacks when caught. Now they get a death grip, flop, fall, roll in dirt or rocks, and they have to take a cell phone selfie! I’d be very nervous too.
wet Did you wet the net and your hands before you touched the fish? Any dry cloth, mesh, or skin will remove mucus from the fish. Mucus protects fish from bacterial infections. They may swim away but die when fungi and infections later kill them. Keep the fish moist! ￼
Bright light The sun’s rays can quickly affect a fish. Fishermen are sure to wear washers, Polaroid glasses, big-brimmed hats, long-sleeved shirts, and face coverings. Perhaps we need to think about how sunlight affects fish. Their fish cannot adapt as fast as they can adapt to us. When they are released, they may go blind. This means that predators, eager for battle, may have an advantage. Marlin, fighting their hearts out, being taken out of the water, taking pictures in the bright sun, and then being released, are often killed by lurking sharks. Vultures, large fish, and other environmental hazards in rough waters can also harm released fish.
GRIP N GRIN If a photo must be taken, keep the fish in a wet net and in the water. Hold the net, not the fish. Get creative with your photos but not at the expense of the fish. I once watched a fisherman in Camera Coups repeatedly toss a fish into the air to capture action photos. Death grip is common for inexperienced hunters. They are so afraid of losing fish that they put pressure on the fish and crush the organs and air bladders. Fish are often dropped into the boat, rocks, sand, and grass. This causes the fish to bruise and increases the mortality rate. Fishermen say, Ah, the fish swam away and that should make it all right! But the damage has been done.
kill the fish If you plan to eat the fish, hit it in the head and end its suffering. You can now stand up and take the Camera Coup all day long. When you’re done, put the fish on ice and prepare for dinner. I love to eat fish. Fish that has been trimmed properly tastes better than a well-lived fish or a stringer. If you spread a pike, the fish goes to the radiator.
Are we making a very big deal about fish survival? Fishing, like fishing, is a blood sport. The difference is that you can’t calculate camera flips on 10 buck points. After a lifetime of fish pictures, all fish look the same. Friends and places are more important than fish. We will never catch enough fish. Our pictures are fun but how many fish could you catch if you didn’t waste time catching the Camera Coup?
Preparation Many Hunters became obsessed with the number of coups they could catch. They don’t eat fish but they love bragging. They hire guides to increase the numbers. Tips are based on realized reversals. Lots of cell phone photos from the Grip n Grin seal the deal. Before the day ends, photos are emailed around the world. “Look at me with this fish!” Get out of control!
So, what can we do to save fish lives? Education is the key. Guides and charter captains must teach the correct catch and release method. Catch Limits may become a reality. This means that each fisherman can catch a limited number of fish. 100 fish may need to daydream to stay dreaming. The fact is that even with perfect skills, the more fish you catch, the higher the mortality rate.
Anglers don’t need to take a picture of every fish they catch. Only the hunter will remember most of the photos. Remembrance is better than a weary fish perched in a net, caught, or pressed for a smile, floundering and floundering in the dirt. Bragging rights are not as important as being an ethical fisherman.
Catch cold water, fight fast, handle and net gently, then release quickly. You don’t need a selfie for every fish you catch, unless you are a crazy fisherman.
Oh, and save the fish, a kiss to your wife, girlfriend or boyfriend in fishing!