10 Keys for SAFE Angling
Here are our top 10 S.A.F.E. Angling practices as pertaining to on-the-water practices:
1. Diligent Catch & Release practices including good fish handling and good catch, photo, release practices.
2. Selective Harvest practices based on a real understanding of the specific fishery, and strictly obeying all fish and game laws.
3. Undistracted attention with constant monitoring of live- and dead- bait rods, using bells or strike indicators when necessary.
4.Using Fluorocarbon, steel, titanium, or heavy monofilament leaders when fishing for “toothy critters”, such as pike and musky.
5. Setting hooks immediately (unless using circle hooks).
6. Horizontal holds that support the fishes weight as opposed to holding the fish vertically by the gills or mouth, particularly for larger fish.
7. Using live bait caught from same body of water that it will be used in. Alternately, bait purchased from a local baitshop. (Never dump minnows or minnow bucket water into the lake or stream, never transfer fish from one water to another.
8. Removing unnecessary treble hooks from hardbody lures, soft molded lures, or hybrid lures.
9. Painting/ sealing unpainted lead jigs with chip-resistant paint or clear sealer, such as nail polish or specific jig paints or epoxies.
10. Cleaning boats, waders, boots between different fishing locations to avoid the transfer of invasive species.