With the great fishing and fishing tournaments in full gear comes a reminder for best practices. Sailfish, Tarpon, Bonefish and Permit need to stay wet so they can survive after being released. Below, Rod and Gun board member Jack Salisbury shows the proper release of a Permit caught here in our waters. Catch and Release only works if the fish are spared from coming out of the water. Sailfish a favorite sport fish should never come out of the water for a photo! The Bonefish & Tarpon Trust has the following recommendations for catch and release:
Best practices include: Always use barbless hooks. When fishing with bait, use circle hooks. Minimize handling all fish; slime and scales can be easily damaged and removed with excessive handling, thereby greatly increasing risks of infection. If a bonefish loses equilibrium after you land it, revive it until it can swim upright, then shorten the fight time on future fish. More on proper catch and release can be found at bonefishtarpontrust.org
- Up Coming Dates:
- February Fish of the Month: Tuna and Snook
- March 9th – Coral Reef Restoration Presentation at the Cultural Center, 5:00 P.M.
- March 31st – Rod and Gun Annual Event featuring The Short Sporting Films and a delicious dinner.
- Range is Open: Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday 10-3pm.
Share your Member Sporting Pictures by texting Wendy at 203 253-7790. We love sharing our Rod and Gun Members photos and including them in our Annual Event slide show!
See Jack Salisbury releasing a nice Permit! And Rob Gothier with a 32lb African Pompano caught in the Palm Beach inlet on Bar South.