In the heat of match fishing, the fish can often be neglected and sometimes abused by over keen fishing and speed fishing, along with unwanted catches of undersize fish, as anglers we should Always try and minimise the stress or damage caused to any fish we catch, with this in mind a few simple guidelines can and should be followed.
Always place your fish into a bucket containing sea water before casting your next line.
When unhooking fish try to use a hook disgorger to minimize damage.
When recording sizes of fish with the adjacent angler make sure your hands are wet when handling the fish.
Return fish as safely as possible by transporting them to the waters edge in your match bucket, Do not throw fish high in the air or over arm lob them.
If retaining fish for the table, dispatch them quickly to avoid unnecessary suffering.
If during any match several fish are washed back onto the shore please return them asap.
Most fish handling is common sense, and as anglers we have to show we care enough about our fish stocks to actively promote safe handling techniques to ensure our sport can continue for generations to come