Photograph Your Catch Underwater
In catch and release fishing, two
factors, hooking location and physiological stress, affect mortality.
Physiological stress can include air exposure or exhaustion. A fish
that held out of water for a length of time, for example, has a
greater chance of dying after release.
If you want to document your catch, use a waterproof camera and take a picture of your catch underwater. You can take a picture, close up, when you are reviving your catch. Keeping the camera within about a foot of the fish will allow you to capture interesting details. The flash, too, will penetrate the water at closer ranges, depending on the clarity of the water. For shots further away, you'll need to rely on natural light.
Today, there are numerous waterproof cameras aimed at the consumer
market. Sony, Olympus, Pentax, Casio, Panasonic, and Fujifilm all
are offering models. With increased competition, prices have dropped;
many models are available for a little more that $100.
Several years ago, I was fishing the Chattahoochee River and thought
that the boulders about 50 yards out would be holding some trout.
I waded out and as I approached the boulders, I was chest-deep in
the river. I stood on my tiptoes, hoping to keep the water out of
my waders, when, all of a sudden, I slipped. I found myself tumbling
in the current, gasping for air. Once I got over my initial panic,
I turned my body so that my back was facing downstream and started
treading water. Eventually, my feet found some firm riverbottom
in shallower water. My ego was bruised, my clothes were soaked,
but my waterproof camera, was still functional.
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