Taupo Info (Central North Island, New Zealand)
Bowing to trout? How bowing to a trout can reduce bust-offs, especially on fast-action rods.
Trout dying for a good photo? 'Grip and grin' can turn into 'grip and kill'.
Learning to Cast - Basics:
Grip and Kill
The way a trout is held when taking a photo, (aka 'Grip and grin'), can easily turn into 'grip and kill' if the fish is not handled carefully and correctly.
The area above the pectoral fins, (the fins just behind and below the gills) contains the fish's heart and other organs; too great a pressure applied to this area can lead to the death of the fish.
Trout dying for a good photo?Read more here.
For the full story on releasing fish with best chance of survivalread this too
How to tie fishing knots properly & securely
It is my guess that more fish are lost to poorly tied knots, than from any other single factor.
There are many knots available to fishers, but no matter which knot you choose there is one factor that remains true. If you do not practice tying the chosen knot so that you can tie it easily and securely, you will lose fish to knots coming undone...
The Best Time to go Fishing for Trout?
Distil all the 'wisdom' down, and you are likely to come up with the following 'best times' to go fishing for trout:
The list of bad fishing times is longer, but the notion of bad may not necessarily be based on good evidence. In fact the notion of 'bad' fishing times usually means fishing times that are not included in the list of 'best' times.
How to Release Fish with the Best Chance of Survival
Don't be fooled, just unhooking a fish and throwing it back in the water is not going to ensure a fish will survive the catch and release.
Releasing fish correctly has become a very important factor in preserving fish stocks for the future, but it needs to be done correctly.
This article sets out 5 "release rules" that provide the maximum survivability for the fish. There is also a couple of extra 'rules' and links to more information.
If you want fresh fish from catching to the table - chill out!
Keeping fish in top condition from the time you catch it till the time it is cooked is relatively easy, and oh, what a difference it makes to the taste.
It is a sad fact is that much of the fish served up by amateur fishermen is passed its used-by-date. By the time it reaches the table it is well on the way to being rotten. What a waste. But it does not have to be that way...
How to remove a fishing hook from a human, painlessly and safely
Using this hook removal method, there is one common factor - the almost complete, and surprising, lack of any pain.
This method avoids the problems and pain that can be caused by some of the newer videos on hook removal.
What you need to know about fishing hooks
Why so many hook types, sizes, and shapes?
You wander into the tackle shop to buy some hooks, and there in front of you is a huge array of sizes and variations. Confused? Don't be, help is at hand.