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by Jeff Gross, contributing writer
As what appears to be an excellent spring fishing season is winding down a habit was noticed that needs to be addressed when so many people are practicing catch and release.
The habit of holding fish horizontally by the jaw for a picture is unsafe for the fish. While the photo may look great, it tends to break or injure the fish’s jaw which is the fish’s main feeding and defensive weapon. A fish doesn’t survive with a broken jaw.
Best bet for photographs is to hold the fish horizontally and place one hand under the belly and one around the tail. Also another important point – keep your fingers out of the gills and gill plates. At a derby some years ago a fisherman removed the hook by jamming his fingers into the trout’s gills to immobilize the trout. Killed the trout almost immediately. The derby was catch and release. Gripping by the gill plates is never recommended unless you plan on cooking the fish.
Looks like great fishing weather this weekend, here is hoping a few new State records are caught.
Jeffrey “Jeff” Gross spent 21 years as an Analytical Chemist at the USCG R&D Center in Groton, Connecticut, Woods Hole Laboratories, and Helix Technologies. Changing careers is a “great learning experience for everyone”, Jeff says, and I’m an avid outdoorsman and conservationist, a student of the sciences, and the world. The US holds too many wonders not to take a chance and explore them”.
Jeff is the Model Train and Railroad entrepreneur. Proud Golden Retriever owner. Ultra strong Second Amendment Advocate and Constitutionalist. “Determined seeker of the truth”.
Jeff is a RIFGPA Legislative and Legal Officer, Freshwater Chairman, NRA Liaison.
His subjects include Outdoors, Second Amendment, Model Railroading, and Whimsical.
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