Fishing Quetico and the Boundary Waters
Handling the Fish you catch.
Having handled thousands of fish of many species and sizes I often
assume that catching them is the tricky part. But in reality there can
be serious painful consequences if some species of fish are not handled
properly. Let's look at each of the species of fish you will likely
encounter in the BWCAW/Q and how they can be handled safely.
Throughout this discussion on handling fish...
I have not mentioned the use of landing nets. The reason is this; more
often than not landing nets increase the time and effort it takes to
get fish off the hook, released and/or put on the stringer. When a fish
with treble hooks in its mouth starts thrashing around in a landing
net it can create a terrible tangle which could take several minutes
to undo especially while trying to work from a canoe. That usually means
death for the fish whether intended or not. If you must use a net to
land fish so be it. Better, I believe, to learn and practice safe handling
without the net for the good of the fish.
recently been experimenting with fish
grippers (jaw locking devices) to help handle fish canoe-side, especially
the bigger ones. So far, I am quite pleased with even the least expensive
versions of them. Once the gripper is latched onto the fish's jaw, it
can be tethered to the side of the canoe while the hooks are removed
and the camera is readied for pictures. Here is an example/picture
of one in use.
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The advice above will get you started. The real joy of fishing is to
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