The Native Fish Society recently launched their Keep ‘Em Wet Campaign that encourages anglers to do a better job of handling wild and native fish. They’re even holding a photo contest with some awesome prizes for the top 3 photos submitted! For details, visit either of the links above.
For the most part, I’ve been pretty darn careful when it comes to handling wild and native fish. I use rubber or mesh nets instead of the older style woven ones. I try to keep contact to a minimum and revive and release a fish as quickly as possible. But there is more I can do. So, I’m making the commitment to do more, as an angler and as a guide. Starting now, the “Hero” shots are a thing of the past. No more grip and grins with a fish held high over the boat, rocks, etc. If the fish isn’t in, or partially in the water, I won’t post it on my website, blog, facebook page or google+ page. Continue reading