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The Least You Need to Know

A net is the safest place to hold your fish. Otherwise, hold small fish from the top, above the head, and large fish from the bottom, using two hands. Be cautious of the spines on catfish.

Pinch and twist a hook to remove it from a fish. Long-nose pliers make this job easier.

If a fish swallows the hook and it won't come out with gentle tugs, cut the line as short as possible if you won't be keeping the fish, or kill the fish if it's a keeper and either dig the hook out then or cut the line and remove the hook later.

Fish that you definitely won't keep should be handled as little and as delicately as possible. Tired-out fish should be manually moved headfirst through the water to help them recuperate.

Keep fish on stringers, with the fish in water; in coolers, with enough ice to cover them; or in creels, which you wear and are handy when walking and fishing creeks and streams.

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