Fishing Rigs

 Bay and Flats Fishing Rig in Florida

With John you will fish the flats out of an awesome x 2200   Shearwater  fully rigged with a 300 horse power Mercury Verado.  This fishing machine can run in 10 inches of water to get you to where the fish are quick and safe.

 Fishing Rig  in Co Wexford Ireland

With John in Wexford you will fish from this Jeanneau Merry Fisher 695 which is normally moored in the Three Sister’s Marina here in New Ross.  When the weather is more settled she will be moored in Fethard on Sea on the east side of the Hook Peninsula.  The Merry fisher is powered by a Nanni 155 hp diesel engine.  The helm is fully loaded with the latest  Simrad Radar – Chart Plotter /Multifunctional Display – Fish Finder-Side Scan Technology.   She is fitted with Rubb Marine Outriggers which allows us troll with six lines at any given time. 

General Guidelines Catch & Release

Not every fish is a “keeper”.  You may catch a fish  under legal size or too big to fit into your cooler.  You may land a magnificent trophy and decide to return it to the water so that you or some other lucky angler will lave a chance to catch that fish again.  Whatever your reason for choosing live release, you want to give your fish the best chance of survival.

How to Begin

Set the hook quickly to reduce likelihood that the fish will swallow the bait.

Play and land the fish a quickly as possible.

Playing fish to exhaustion can harm the fish.

When fishing in deep water, bring fish in slowly to help it adjust to changing pressure.

Consider using barb-less hooks.

Keep your release tools close by.


Handing Your Catch

Proper handing protects both you and the fish; Some fish have sharp fins or teeth that can cut you.

Minimize the time a fish is out of the water (no longer than you can hold your breath.)

Leave fish in the water if you can use a tool to remove the hook.

If possible keep the fish from trashing without using a net. If a net is required, use a rubber mesh landing net instead of abrasive nylon.

Avoid removing the slime /mucus layer, which protects fish from parasites and infections.

Try to keep the fish off the ground or floor of the boat.

Use a wet rag or glove, or wet hands before handing the fish.

Turn fish on its back and cover its eyes to calm it.

Don’t put your fingers in the eyes of the fish.

Smaller fish ((<5 pounds can be held vertically by the lower jaw, either by hand or grippers. Hold larger fish horizontally and support with two hands.


Removing the Hook

Use needle –nose pliers, haemostats, or hook remover to remove the hook and protect your hands.

Back the hook out the opposite way it went in.

For a larger fish in the water, slip a gaff around the leader and slide it to the hook. Lift the gaff upward while pulling downward on the leader.

Do not jerk or pop a leader to break it. This can injure vital organs in the fish.


Letting it Go

Place fish in the water, gently supporting the mid –section and tail unit it swims away.

Resuscitate an exhausted fish by moving it or facing it into the current, gently forcing water into the mouth and over the gills.

Watch the fish when released it doesn’t swim away recover it and try again.