CATCH & RELEASE IN 30 SECONDS – Guest Blog Feat. Jean-Marie Bosquet

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The fight is fun but the release is better:

Catch – Photo – Release in 30 Seconds or Less

by Jean-Marie Bosquet | Photography: James Snyder, Hoodlum Photography


I myself have been completely guilty of mishandling fish, on more than one occasion in fact. Handling fish is not exactly easy, especially for a novice angler. Fish are feisty, slippery and proper handling isn’t exactly instinctual.  Since the early days, I have grown as an angler, thus recognizing the importance of handling fish the right way.


To net and release a fish is one thing, throwing photography into the mix is another. During a photoshoot with 5280 angler, I was reminded once again the importance of proper fish handling especially when trying to get the shot. I strive to keep it under 30 seconds, from the time the fish hits the net till the last shutter clicks.


:25 The trout has been successfully brought to the net. The key here is to keep the trout in the water. Roll up those sleeves and get your hands wet. Dry hands could potentially remove the protective slime that coats all trout.


:20 Kneel down. If the slippery sucker does decided to flop out of your hands, trust me its bound to happen, this way the trout is dropping a very short distance into the water.


:15 There is no need for the death grip. Ever. End of story. However a sure and safe way to control the trout is by confidently grabbing the wrist of the tail. Cradle your free hand under the trout’s belly. Not only is this a safe way of holding but it also ensures


:10 Lights, camera, action!


:05 That’s a wrap! Send that trout off by gently facing him upstream. He’ll let you know when he’s ready.


:00 Ready to cast again!


Handling these wild trout with immense respect is crucial to the health of future trout populations and generations of anglers to come.

Ed's Note: For more information on proper fish handling techniques, visit