Thank you for your booking. We appreciate your business.
Your guidelines for fish care during your trip
· We do encourage either barbless or micro-barbed hooks. They are a great deal easier
to remove both from fish and from fingers.
· And, of course, no keep nets.
· If possible, please try to unhook the fish in the net, in the water, providing
this can be done safely. If we can keep fish off the banks altogether that is only
to their benefit.
· If a fish is to be out of the water for more than thirty seconds or so, aim to
have a bait bucket filled with water that can be sprinkled over the fish frequently
to keep the gills, eyes and scales all moist. Wetting a fish like this is not a licence,
though, to keep a fish out of the water for long periods.
· Make sure your scales and cameras are zeroed and ready to go if recording a fish
is particularly important. Ensure, too, that a weigh sling is well-wetted.
· Don't hold fish over gravel banks which could easily kill them if they wriggle
from your grasp. It's always a good idea to kneel when holding a fish for a trophy
shot and make sure the fish is held over an unhooking mat. PLEASE wet your hands
before holding fish under any circumstances.
· ALWAYS have an unhooking mat with you. Make sure the unhooking mat is conveniently
placed and keep it well-wetted - there's not a lot of point putting a fish on a dry
· Make sure you are using safe rigs and always use sensible line strengths. Don't
fish too close to what are obviously dangerous snags which is why we don't allow
the use of bait boats. Too often a fish is lost before it's even half hooked!
· Always have with you good quality forceps and disgorgers. Also ensure you have
all the necessary pike unhooking equipment like long-nosed pliers if you are fishing
· Make sure you have an adequately-sized, soft meshed landing net with you at all
· Upon return, hold the fish carefully in the margins until it is ready to swim off
of its own accord. (Sometimes it's a good idea to let them recuperate in the net
until they are fully recovered).