TIMING AND COMMON SENSE
When going after turtles, try to wait until the second week of July before you begin. Even though turtles are moving from May through September, they won’t lay their eggs until July. Give turtles enough time to lay their eggs to ensure a healthy turtle population for years to come.
If you catch a small turtle, you can practice catch and release. Simply cut the cord above the leader and free the turtle. The hook will eventually dissolve, and the turtle will be fine. Don’t attempt to unhook a turtle. A leader is much cheaper than doctor bills when a turtle grabs a finger or two. Trust me, I’m writing from experience.