[music] Everyone who goes fishing needs to know
how to release undersized fish correctly so those fish can live to be caught another day
when they’re of legal size. The best way to protect small fish
is not to catch them at all. Use a larger hook and a bigger bait
as these are less likely to be swallowed by small fish. However it’s best not to keep fishing
in an area where most of the fish are small. When fishing from small boats, the best option may be
to keep fish in the water while removing the hook. This greatly reduces the stress caused by handling. If fish have to be removed from the water,
this should be done carefully. Use a landing net whenever possible,
especially if the hook is swallowed. Fish hooked in the gills or the gut
should never be lifted by the line. It’s a good idea to use gloves
and place the fish on a wet, soft surface. Most fish will struggle less on a wet surface. Measure the fish accurately, and release or keep
the fish based on your local area rules. For a copy of these rules visit your
local fisheries office or go to www.fish.govt.nz By following these steps
we’ll keep fishing sustainable. [music] Want to find the minimum size?
Free text your fish species to 9889.