Carp welfare, looking after carp once caught

Carp

Carp are recorded as living to over 60 years and in some cases maybe even longer and this alone is enough reason to pay them respect Always use an unhooking mat to secure the fish for unhooking and never place the fish on hard ground or gravel. After carefully removing the hook from the Carp's mouth treat the wound with Klinik which will aid in rapid healing. When you set out to catch carp run through in your mind the procedure once you have hooked and landed your fish. Being prepared will make the whole procedure run smoothly. Leave your scales with your weigh sling and make sure they are zeroed to the sling when its wet. Know where your camera is to save time searching.

Keep forceps handy. Being prepared will minimize stress to both you and the carp. Carp can live a fear time out of the water but returning them quickly is always the best policy. Carp will suffer after being kept form the water for too long, this is especially true in hot and humid conditions. I have seen carp returned after being kept out of the water while the angler wanted photo's from every angle, then a video, then phone photo's! All this in humid conditions. The fish then spent 2 hours on the surface because it had taken on too much air. It survived but only just. Always insure the fins are against the carp's body to avoid breaking or splitting them. Carp (as with all fish) are precious creatures that we should all respect and treat with the utmost care.

How to unhook a carp

 

Carp care products

Un-hooking mat

Carp are recorded as living to over 60 years and in some cases maybe even longer and this alone is enough reason to pay them respect Always use an unhooking mat to secure the fish for unhooking and never place the fish on hard ground or gravel. After carefully removing the hook from the Carp's mouth, treat the area with Klinik which will aid in rapid healing. Run through in your mind the procedure once you have hooked and landed your fish. Being prepared will make the whole procedure run smoothly. Leave your scales with your weigh sling and make sure they are zeroed to the sling when its wet.

Know where your camera is to save time searching. Being prepared will minimize stress to both you and the carp. Returning the carp quickly is always the best policy. Carp will suffer after being kept form the water for too long, this is especially true in hot and humid conditions. I have seen carp returned after being kept out of the water while the angler wanted photo's from every angle, then a video, then phone photo's! All this in humid conditions. The fish then spent 2 hours on the surface because it had taken on too much air. It survived but only just. Always insure the fins are against the carp's body to avoid breaking or splitting them. Carp (as with all fish) are precious creatures that we should all respect and treat with the utmost care.