Fishing is a great pastime in the state of Texas. Fishing is a great way to enjoy your day along with catching your dinner! When you go fishing not every fish is one that you want to keep. Some of the fish are too small or maybe they are not a fish that you intend on using. If you catch a fish and want to release it, you have to do it the right way to be sure that that fish has the best chance to survive. This will allow the fish time to become large enough or give someone the chance to catch it and enjoy the satisfaction.
Plan to catch and release! There are several things that you can do to make sure that the fish has a chance to survive. First be sure that you use a hook that has no barbs on it. You also want to be sure that the fish is brought in quickly so that they have enough energy when released to swim off. If you are fishing in an area that has deep water take your time so that the fish can get use to the pressure on the way up. You want to be sure that you have your tools near you so that you can get the fish off the hook and back in the water as soon as possible.
You have to move quickly! You want to be sure that you work fast to get the fish back in the water. Try to remove the hook and put the fish back in the water in the amount of time you can hold your breath as a rule of thumb. You can even leave the fish under the water while the hook is being removed to keep the fish out of the air as little as possible. Be gentle with the fish and take care not to injure the eyes or the gills. You can use your preferred tools and method of removing the hook which can be a needle nose pliers and a glove or rag.
Let it go! After you have had time to get the fish caught and the hook has been removed you need to get the fish back in the water to swim away. Gently place the fish in the water and hold it in the middle until it naturally starts to swim away. Watch to be sure that it gets away okay and continue to go about your fishing!