Hold That Fish

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I’ll be doing a few tips on how to take better fishing photos. Here are a few tips on holding a fish for a photo. First and most important, always respect the fish. They are a precious resource and we want to release them in good condition. Hold the fish gently under the peck fins and by the tail. If you squeeze him he will panic and struggle. A gentle grip will make your fish and angler more relaxed for the photo. Keep him close to the water and drop his head under for a few breathes every 10 seconds or so. Fish start to fade when they are out of the water and this will keep his colors bright. Be sure all of his fins are nicely displayed and not held back against his body or under a hand. Lastly, most anglers will instinctively tail a fish with an overhand grip but an underhand grip covers less of the fish and looks better in a photo.

Louis Cahill
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5 thoughts on “Hold That Fish

  1. I love this post… it’s things like this that I’ve never understood how you pro’s take these great pictures but every time I try to photo a fish it flies away and all I get is a picture of it’s tail going away. Next post on how to release a hook like a pro. I’m always trying to keep the fish in the water and release a hook while keeping the fish in, but seems to be more damage than good sometimes as they slip or flail. Or maybe I just don’t catch enough fish to have that talent yet!

  2. lol, Kent you know from experience with me that I walk a line of almost not being worthy of catching one due to my inability to remove the hook effectively each time. I’m always trying to be too careful I think, I look forward to my online lesson.

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