The Perth & District Angling Association
Committee is keen to promote humane practices
in the pastime of angling and offers the following
1. Anglers should consider the use of barbless
hooks, particularly when undersized fish are
to be returned to the water.
2. The aim of "playing" the fish is to bring
it to the boat or shore as quickly as the
tackle will allow.
3. The fish should be landed with the help
of a net or tailer or by "beaching". The use
of a gaff is cruel and outdated.
4. If the fish is to be retained, it should
be killed at once using a "priest". This should
be done before unhooking and handling.
5. If the fish is to be returned to the water
it is essential that it is treated with great
care. It is not always necessary to take the
fish out of the water.
Unhooking is easier if barbless hooks are
used and is more efficiently managed if an
appropriate instrument is used.
If the fish is to be handled use wet hands.
Do not lift the fish by the gill covers.
Return the fish to the water with its head
facing upstream until it has recovered and
can swim away.
6. All broken or unusable line, and any found
around the river, to be taken away and disposed
Remember:- The humane handling of
fish is closely linked to the preservation
of the species.