Catfish Basics #042 – Handle with Care -Jimmy Holbrook, Warrior Cat Rods
All of us catfish anglers need to educate others on the importance of putting the big fish back and letting them get bigger. You have to handle them carefully too. I like to put mine back in the net and lower them back into the water.
People say catfish are tough, they can live through about anything, and maybe they can. We humans can live though a lot we don’t want to go through. We live through car crashes and everything else, but we don’t want to.
I see a lot of people do a lot of different things. Some people just throw their fish back and others treat them like they have a baby in their arms. They handle them so gently. It has got to be better on the fish to just lower them in there slowly. Ease them back in and be as gentle as you can. And, teach others to do it. Handle with care and it will pay off in the future.