Fish Handling Self Assessment

7 Questions
Fish Handling Self Assessment

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Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    Was fight time minimized?
    • A. 

      Fish was played to exhaustion, did not readily recover.

    • B. 

      Fish was played to exhaustion, recovered with assistance.

    • C. 

      Fish was unnecessarily played, but not to exhaustion.

    • D. 

      Fish was quickly brought to hand.

  • 2. 
    Did you use lower-impact equipment? Think barbless single hooks, rubber nets and adequately-rated rods and lines. 
    • A. 

      No equipment used was lower-impact.

    • B. 

      Some equipment used was lower-impact.

    • C. 

      Most equipment used was lower-impact.

    • D. 

      All equipment used was lower-impact.

  • 3. 
    Was air exposure avoided?
    • A. 

      Fish was exposed to air for longer than 60 seconds.

    • B. 

      Fish was exposed to air for longer than 30 seconds but less than 60.

    • C. 

      Fish was exposed to air for less than 30 seconds.

    • D. 

      Fish was allowed to remain in the water at all times.

  • 4. 
    Was the fish handled gently?
    • A. 

      Fish was thrown, kicked, slid across the bank, or otherwise abused.

    • B. 

      Eyes, gills, and/or other sensitive organs were contacted, but handled gently otherwise.

    • C. 

      Fish was handled with dry hands, squeezed, or allowed to rub on clothing, but handled gently otherwise.

    • D. 

      Fish was handled gently with wet hands, sensitive organs were avoided.

  • 5. 
    Was water temperature a consideration?
    • A. 

      No

    • B. 

      Yes

  • 6. 
    Was barotrauma managed? Only answer if applicable. 
    • A. 

      Barotrauma was not present/applicable to this fishing situation.

    • B. 

      Barotrauma was not addressed.

    • C. 

      Barotrauma was managed by "fizzing" or "venting".

    • D. 

      Barotrauma was managed with a descending device.

  • 7. 
    What most informs your fishing practices? Choose one. 
    • A. 

      Fishing Media (magazines, television shows, videos)

    • B. 

      State/Provincial Fishing Regulations

    • C. 

      Guides/Lodges

    • D. 

      Friends/Family

    • E. 

      Other