Guidelines are designed to minimise the handling of carp and to return the carp unharmed
as soon as posible.
When the fish has been netted allow it a few moments rest before lifting from the water.
The longer the fight the longer time the fish should be given to recover.
Allways check the fins are lying flat against the body before lifting.
Before lifting check the hookpoint Is not exposed,as this can tear against the weight of the fish.
If possible remove the hook with the fish In the water before the lift.
Position the unhooking mat so that the fish is transported the shortest possible distance.
Ensure the unhooking mat has been wetted before the fish is placed on to it.
Ensure the mat is large enough to safely cushion the fish.
Lay the fish gently on to the mat,again ensuring that the fins are not twisted or bent backwards.
Carp should never be put on their stomachs,as it contains vital organs & is highly sensitive.
most hooks are easily removed using thumb and forefingers, The vast majority of carp hooked, Are in the bottom
lip,this should simply pop the hook out with minimum fuss.
For deeper hook holds it may be necessary to use a pair of forceps.
zip up both ends of the sling keeping the fish low and over the unhooking mat at all times
Again look at the fins to make sure they are not bent.
Before the weigh, make sure the sling is wetted and zero the sling.
If you can get somone to slip the sling under the fish as you hold it low over the unhooking mat.
Hold the fish low and over the unhooking mat at all times
If the carp flaps. lower it back down to the mat and lean over it,If It flaps before you can get it down to the unhooking mat, then hold the fish firmly to your chest with both arms around it, at the same time lean forward so that the carp is close to the unhooking mat.
Never stand up with the fish
Try to return the carp as quickly as possible, carp should not be out of the water for more then a few minutes.
Carry the fish to the water in the carp sling (zipped)
Never carry the fish in your arms
useing the sling simply unzip the end (with head pointing out) and flood the sling with water, the carp should swim out.
Occasionally the carp will need alittle time to recover before swiming off,support the fish until its ready to go.
Edited by mr_fitzz, 27 September 2006 - 02:04 PM.