Over the years I have pursued bonefish I came to realize a few things about handling bonefish.
- A LOT of people, including my former self, have done it wrong. Just because a guide isn’t yelling at you for doing it wrong doesn’t mean they aren’t letting you do it wrong.
- These aren’t trout. When you put that fish back into the water you are are putting them back into a “Only the fit survive” kind of environment. It isn’t the air exposure or handling that kills them, it is the cuda or shark waiting for the weakened/dazed fish (from air exposure or handling) to wander across their path.
- Even when you do it right the fish can STILL be killed. That makes it important to do it right all the time.
Here’s a page on the BTT website that tells you exactly how you can best increase the fish’s chance of survival.
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