Do not try to twist the hook free. If the barb has gone through the fish’s mouth, cut it off and pull the remainder of the hook free.
If the fish has swallowed the hook, cut the fishing line. Sometimes a fish can survive with a hook inside its stomach.
Use circle hooks to help prevent the fish from swallowing the hook.
Participate in fisheries management
Report any tagged fish you catch and cooperate with authorities conducting surveys. Attend public meetings related to marine fisheries issues.
Respect the environment
Never throw trash, like plastic six-pack drink yokes or fishing line, overboard or dump pollutants such as gasoline and oil into the water. Damaging the water damages the fish.
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