Handling your catch

Handling your catch
Handling your catch

Proper practice of catch and release requires that at times the use of selective harvest be implemented. I personally  fish so often that selective harvest has become the only way I retain trout.

I have been dispatching trout and salmon with the same method for years  simply placing my thumb on the spine atop the gills applying a quick squeeze. Any movement from a fish after that is only left over energy in the mussels.

A quick death is the most important part of the cooking process for any animal, fish, or crustacean. Left to die slowly trout and salmon acquire a stronger taste and denser meat because of stress suffered during a slow harvest.

I take care of my fish this way for ethical reasons as well  I have no want to make any fish suffer for obvious reasons.   Never leave a fish to suffocate hung on a branch it ruins the flavor giving a fishy taste that I find rather repulsive. After you have separated the spine lay your fish with the head slightly lower then the tail so any blood will leave the fish before you ever get to the filleting

This bleeding of the trout or salmon will also add to the flavor of your catch it only takes a moment before you put him ice but will make a big difference in the kitchen. For larger trout and salmon you may need to lay the fish down on it's side and use a little body weight to get your thumb to sever the spine but it will still be quick and easy.

This is how I do it and it works for me. If you have any other ideas on the subject feel free to post you comments below. 

The topic of today's three tips is ice safety.

1 Never cross brown ice. Brown ice is made by constant water penetration making it unstable and often times filled with water pockets that can stop a machine dead in it's tracks.

2 When traveling new bodies of ice stop often a take good long looks giving your eyes plenty of time to adjust.

3 Buy and learn to use a gps. a storm can close in on you in minuets and often times ponds have open water year round. Unfortunately many a poor soul has lost their life falling into such areas during poor weather conditions.

 Well it's time again to thank you for reading as always I hope to have helped you. Tight lines everybody ...Fishindan 

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