& hold your breath the entire time the fish is out of the water, i bet you put it back in quicker
You also have to realize that some people out there just don't care. Just as some people don't like to clean their gear before changing tailwaters and crimping down barbs. I don't know if it is being stubborn or stupid, but ignorance is rapidly losing credibility as an excuse. They are simple acts that can help to prolong the resource we all enjoy.
I have wet my hands for years now, and I actually I find it easier to grip a fish with wet hands. Any picture I take with the fish in my hands is with a wet hand. You can't honestly believe that taking pictures of fish is any more detrimental on the health than stomach pumping, fishing with trebles, or even deep hooking while bait fishing.
95% of the time I net my fish first and leave the fish in the ghost net, submerged, while I turn on the camera and get it set. Once I have it set, I let my camera dangle from the lanyard and cradle the fish with a wet hand. Total time that the fish is out of the water for a pic is less than 5 seconds. And they are always released successfully.
Last edited by ChemEAngler; 06-12-2009 at 01:58 PM.
There is a fine line, between being cautious and being insanely cautious. Stomach pumping is not necessary on our tailwaters. It is either midges or midges in their stomachs, or sulfur nymphs this time of year. Just not that complicated and thus no reason to pump fish ever. Bait fishing is bait fishing with very high mortality rates and nets with cloth net bags, wet or not, do alot of damage all by themselves, maybe as much as dry handing fish.
You can get as crazy as you wish, but simply wetting ones hands is easy and everyone can do it, and it really would help out.
After I catch them, I like to see how far I can throw them. Is that bad?
"Even a fish wouldn't get into trouble if he kept his mouth shut."
Personally, I like the end over end toss with the fish landing head first back into the drink smooth as the Arc of a Diver
Name the singer for bonus points.
C'mon pineman, everyone knows, or should know Stevie Winwood.