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Handling


This redfish, though legal size, is returned to the water after being "tagged" for a research study.


Research has shown that you can significantly increase the survival rate of fish you catch with proper handling during catch and release. Fish should be handled gently and as little as possible. Returning them to the water as quickly as possible minimizes stress to the fish. Minimizing time out of the water has been shown to be one of the most critical survival factors.

Handling Tips



Handling Video


Famed saltwater fisherman Mark Sosin provides an overview of best handling practices.



Measuring


To ensure compliance with fishing regulations, fish should be measured before keeping. To learn how to accurately measure fish, go to:

  • How To Measure Saltwater Fish

  • Responsible Handling when Photographing Fish


    From Florida Fish Busters' Bulletin, Bob Wattendorf with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) provides image guidelines for fishing and boating scenes.

  • FWC Fish Photography Guidelines