Fishcare/guidance


At Skipton Angling Association we believe good fishcare is paramount. After all, everyone wants to catch strong, healthy, hard fighting fish, not weakend diseased fish and nobody wants to see dead fish washed up so we ask you use your common sense, if however you are new to angling the below is a brief outline of fishcare

Before fishing, think about where a fish might be landed keep the fish in the water and avoid beaching or dragging it up a steep bank before release

Once hooked, bring the fish to hand or net as quickly as possible - this will lessen stress and exhaustion and make sure the fish is able to recover quickly

keep handling time to a minimum

It is best to keep the fish in the water at all times, if you need to remove the fish from the water to unhook, use a suitable wet unhooking mat and avoiding placing onto materials that can damage or remove the mucus membrane from the fish such as sand, gravel and rough vegetation

Always make sure your hands are wet before handling fish, never hold the fish in a dry cloth and avoid squeezing the fish

If hooks are too deep and removal will lead to damage or delayed release, cut the line as near to the hook as possible

Upon release, support the fish in the water, be patient as the fish can take several minutes to recover

High water temperatures (over 21 degrees Celsius) can greatly reduce survival rates, so anglers should take extra care when practising catch and release when water flows are low and water temperatures are high (typical summer conditions)