Univ. of Idaho/Idaho F&G study shows catch and release anglers have little effect on fish mortality and…
“…the short periods some of them expose their fish to the air before release do not significantly affect fish survival or reproductive success.”
Bottom line: Sixty seconds out of the water is max, but ten seconds is all you should need…use slime friendly net…hands are ok if wet…don’t bounce ’em off the rocks (or the boat)…use common sense and respect.
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