importance of safe and humane handling of all species is ever growing, and is
reflected by the sheer volume of fish welfare products currently available,
from fully padded and protective cradles for the heavyweights, through to
various antiseptic products for treating hook wounds, sores and other
many fisheries now make unhooking mats mandatory – in fact, we wouldn’t be at
all surprised if they were made an Environment Agency law in the future, with
strict consequences for those caught on the bank without one.
damage, no matter how insignificant, can penetrate vital protective mucus
layers, rendering it susceptible to fatal secondary infections.
caused by mishandling also leaves fish more vulnerable to disease – so treat
your quarry with care and you’ll help to keep your venue’s inhabitants in
tip-top nick for future generations.
your catch as quickly as possible is of paramount importance, causing the
minimum stress to the fish as possible. Keeping calm and collected helps the
whole procedure run smoothly and make sure that everything required for dealing
with a banked fish is close to hand – the last thing you want is a lively fish
flapping around on the mat while you’re frantically searching out forceps,
slings and scales buried somewhere among your kit.
the time that your fish is out of the water by having everything close to hand
and always ensure that your unhooking mat is under the fish for pictures and
keep it low to the ground at all times, Never pose for photos standing up with
any fishes delicate gill rakes can cause hemorrhaging which can prove fatal,
so be aware of where your hands are when handling your catch. Take care when
removing hooks set far back – jabbing away with a disgorger isn’t going to do
the fish any favors and the clumsy use of forceps near those fragile gills is
a recipe for disaster.
possible, unhooking a fish and releasing it from the net is by far the safest
method for avoiding unnecessary damage, but don’t release them straight away –
give them time to make a full recovery before gently lowering the net and
allowing the fish to regain its composure and swim off when it’s good and
freshly made hook wounds and any other sores help to keep prized fish stocks in
tip-top health. Kryston Klin-ik coarse fish antiseptic and the Korda Carp Care
Kit, which contains two different liquids, are ideal for applying to wounds.
Bonjela and Orabase, available from pharmacies, are good alternative
often become agitated during the unhooking process and flap around frantically,
which can result in lost mucus that acts as a natural barrier against disease
and infections. Dousing the unhooking mat with plenty of lake water helps to
minimise mucus loss.
addition to the above – Cwmbran A.A. compulsory policy for members on fish care
includes barbless or micro barbed hooks on Llantarnam ponds and the canal. The
use of unhooking mats (used wet). Wet your hands when handling Fish, knotless
landing nets and keep nets,