Release Fish Right

How a pro gives released fish a fighting chance for return bouts

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Al Mcglashan
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A piece of crab in cheesecloth on a jig: effective yet avoids guthooking.Capt. Vincent Daniello
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Some fish facilitate their own easy unhooking and release, such as soft-mouth trout.Capt. Vincent Daniello
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Capt. Jamie Hough fishes soft plastic minus tail (to cast farther), with Gamakatsu SuperLine hooks that tend to gut-hook fewer fish, he says.Capt. Vincent Daniello
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Circle hooks in lead-head jigs (bottom) offer some advantages over J-hook jigs.Capt. Vincent Daniello
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No need to try to haul a big tarpon into the cockpit to get an impressive photo.Capt. Vincent Daniello