Things You Need to Know About Catch-and-Release

TFOCourtesy of Mia Sheppard, Teddy Roosevelt Conversation Partnership.

 

Mia Sheppard is an accomplished guide, casting teacher and conservationist. Recently, she penned this article about ‘catch-and-release’ and some of her tips on how to protect the resource.

For more on Mia and her work for the Teddy Roosevelt Conversation Partnership, please visit: trcp.org.

©Nicholas Conklin.

©Nicholas Conklin.

“When our daughter was three she watched her dad harvest a hatchery steelhead; it was the first time she had ever seen one of us kill a fish. Horrified, she almost started to cry. We had to console her and explain that it was OK, that the fish was from a hatchery and was produced for take. In her mind, all fish should be catch and release, and to this day she still believes all fish should be returned to the water.

I practice catch and release, but don’t take me for a purist. I love to eat fish! I commercial fished in Alaska for three years, harvesting millions of pounds of crab and salmon for consumption. I indulged in eating the catch of crab, sockeye, kings, cod and halibut. The decision to catch and release is a personal choice.

Sport fishing isn’t just about the catching; it’s an excuse to see beautiful places, fish new water and, when I’m lucky, feel the take of a curious fish, watching my reel spin and hang on for the ride. It’s the experience of connecting with a life form that is powerful and mysterious.  Catch and release is also about healthy returns for future anglers.

I believe every fish returned is an opportunity for another angler. Returning fish also gives that species a chance to spawn, and more spawners contribute to more angling opportunity and healthier runs. Plus, older fish produce more offspring.

As a sportswoman, I want to see more fishing opportunities in the future, and if releasing fish will increase my opportunity for healthier runs then it’s one less fish in the cooler and one more fish for the future.”

For Mia’s techniques on the best way to practice catch and release, read the rest of her blog post here, Three Things You Need to Know About Catch and Release.

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One Response to Things You Need to Know About Catch-and-Release

  1. Gin Clear says:

    Reblogged this on Gin Clear and commented:
    Good reminders about C&R fishing.

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