Looking after your catch should always be your number 1 priority. Follow these three simple steps to ensure the fish you catch are returned healthy and alive. To fish at Linear you must use an unhooking mat at all times for Carp, Pike, Catfish and large fish of other species.
1. Keep the fish wet
Have a bottle/bucket of water ready to keep the fish wet whilst on the mat – This is especially important during the warmer months.
2. Have everything you need ready to hand
Make sure you have your scales, sling, forceps and camera ready before lifting the fish out of the water – This will keep the time the fish is out of the water to a minimum.
3. Treat any cuts or sores
Have a treatment such as "Klin-ik" from Kryston or a good ulcer treatment (such as this) from your local aquatic centre, these can be used on any cuts, marks or sores that may be present on the fish - Always make sure you keep any treatment away from the eyes and gills of the fish.