Catching a fish has always been a challenge for Ken Lucianin. It has always been a thrill and so much fun. However, Ken Lucianin says that when his father and grandfather thought him how to fish, they always talked about safe and responsible fishing very seriously.

No one wants their good times to be spoiled by an accident or thoughtlessness of some people in the form of litter or other bad manners. This is why Ken Lucianin thinks it is time that everyone steps up and commits to being a responsible fisherman.

Be safe

When you pack your fishing gear, be sure to also take a few other things with you. For example, sunblock is something you should always use in order to prevent painful sunburn. Polarized glasses and hat will help you see well. For night fishing make sure you always have your flashlight. Also, always tell someone where you’re going and when you expect to return. You know, just in case.

When walking on wet surfaces such as rocks, logs or roots, you should be very careful because they can be slippery.

If you hear a thunder, you should leave the water not to be struck by lightning. And if you’re on a boat, think about that life jacket and especially if you take kids with you.

Be responsible

In order to be a responsible fisherman you should embrace a catch-and-release policy. However, it’s not all about letting the fish swim free. It doesn’t mean the fish will definitely survive. Here are a few tips on how to be more responsible towards fish.

Your fishing gear should adequately match your target quarry. The process of resisting the tension of your line may lead to fish exhaustion, more so if you have ultra-light rods and a light line. This is why you should use adequate gear and reduce the fight time.

When you want to land the fish, the best way is to use a net and also, that way, you gain control over the fish instantly. The landing net helps you keep the fish fully submerged and you release it by only holding the net in place.

You should also minimize your handling of the fish as much as possible. If you need to touch the fish, make sure you wet your hands prior to that so you avoid rubbing off the fish’s coat of protective slime.

One of the key elements to watch out for is the fish’s respiration. You should try to eliminate any air exposure, but if you really need to take a photo or two, then 15 to 20 seconds is the maximum time a fish should be out of the water. If a fish stays out of the water for an extended period of time, it might be impossible for it to recover when you release it.

While making sure you’re being cautious and careful with the fish you catch and release, also make sure you keep in mind to maintain the environments in which fish live as pristine as possible. Respect their home.

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