Are you an accidental fish killer?

With many rivers at very low levels, and water temperatures on the up, it is even more critical that anglers bring fish quickly to the net, and keep them in the water to unhook and release.

Warm water holds less oxygen, so fish are probably already under stress before you hook them. Even a moderately long fight followed by holding them up for that grip and grin’ photo will likely kill them – maybe not immediately, but soon after release.

For thoughtful commnets on this topic, see Simon Cooper’s of Fishing Breaks newsletter — click here

Watch this excellent video on best practice for catch and release and taking photos of fish.