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Just wanted to share a few "best practices" for handling trout. Whether you release all the trout you catch, or just those required by the slot limit, this will help make sure they survive for others to enjoy catching them. 

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1 hour ago, Terrierman said:

mash down the barb and shake the fish off while it's still in the water.

It might as well be a carp if you can't pick it up and marvel over its beauty 😍 

It isn't "caught" until it's in your hands. 😊

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I think that the best way to release a trout is to put a stringer through its gills, get the hook out, drag it around a little bit maybe a couple of hours until you catch a bigger one then release :rolleyes:!

Or do this ...

3 hours ago, Terrierman said:

mash down the barb and shake the fish off while it's still in the water.

 

4 hours ago, dgilchrist said:

Just wanted to share a few "best practices" for handling trout. Whether you release all the trout you catch, or just those required by the slot limit, this will help make sure they survive for others to enjoy catching them. 

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Those plastic nets are the cause of many drops in dirt, grab with both hands because the fish keeps wiggling, squeeze hard as can be and fingers in the gill releases in the park. They are too slick to control a fish without harming it, for most people I guess. Trout die from camera shock more often than not.  

I only use a net when keeping the fish, if getting it off of the hook, a net is not required; just grab the hook and wiggle it or hold the hook and let the fish wiggle. 

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I tried to find some info indicating that trout jaw structure is more prone to injury than bass, crappie, catfish, ect.  but I gave up before I found anything. 

Are we just assuming that because it sounds millennial.... or is there some anatomy science out there that I'm missing?  

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