Keep or release
Once you start catching fish, you’ll want to get some in the bin but once you have enough for a feed, a responsible thing to do is to release fish to fight another day.
There’s much debate around the issue of releasing fish. Recent research suggests that snapper taken from depths of 30m-plus have a relatively low chance of survival due to the changes in pressure.
However, it is still possible for them to make it. If you plan to release a snapper, try to keep them out the water for as little time as possible.
Use a wet rag or wet your hands before handling the fish. When holding it, make sure its weight is supported. Don’t grab them by the head or tail.
Fisheries scientists advise that the two biggest factors in fish mortality are time out of the water and the depth the fish has been taken from.
Of course, we don’t have to release all the fish we catch and the ones that will end up on your plate should be treated with just as much care.
You want to dispatch your catch quickly, so a sharp knife or spike through the brain (just above the eye) is a quick and humane way to do this.
As soon as that’s done, you want to get that fish as chilled as possible.
Salt ice is an absolute must and a good trick is to add some seawater to the chillybin to make an icey slurry.
Following these steps will ensure your fish tastes as fresh as it possibly can. It also helps to set the flesh a little making it a bit easier when it comes to filleting.
olivia pykett released this 5kg snapper.