Catch and re­lease or keep and freeze?

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Watch­ing a big fish swim off af­ter a suc­cess­ful re­lease leaves you with a spe­cial kind of sat­is­fac­tion. Han­dle fish with care to en­sure that the ones you re­lease have the best pos­si­ble chance of sur­vival. If the fish is tired, give it time to re­cover while hold­ing it up­right in the wa­ter, al­low­ing wa­ter to flow through its gills. If the fish is small, put it back gen­tly into the wa­ter; don’t just fling it at the waves.

We keep some fish, but al­ways within reg­u­la­tions. A fresh catch on the braai is a wel­come treat af­ter a hard day of fish­ing. The best size to keep would be 50 – 60 cm kob and 30 – 40 cm galjoen. Th­ese sizes are easy to freeze and trans­port, and also fit eas­ily on a braai.

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