Catch & release fishing has proven to be a valuable conservation tool, but the effectiveness is diminished if fish do not survive after being released. By adopting just a few simple habits, recreational anglers can increase the chances that the fish they catch and release will survive.
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Learn New Techniques

Catch & Release is an efffective and fun way to conserve fish. Here are some good techniques to increase survival in the fish you release.
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Strive for 100% Survival of All Released Fish

Strive for 100% Survival of All Released Fish

Catch & Release is an efffective and fun way to conserve fish. Here are some good techniques to increase survival in the fish you release.
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Cradle Net for Stripers

Use of a soft mesh stretcher-type net that allows the fish to be measured and released without ever leaving the water.

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