QI find it helps to spoon a fish after it is despatched to see what it has been feeding on. I now fish on a catch-and-release water and am reluctant to spoon a live fish before it is returned to the water. Is there a solution to this predicament? Lou Fine PETER COCKWILL REPLIES: You are right not to spoon a live fish. Quite apart from the trauma it would cause, there's the huge risk of internal damage too. I know that some anglers use a syringe pump (left) to evacuate the fish’s stomach contents, but I wouldn't be keen on that option either. I would suggest that you closely observe the fish when they are feeding naturally and then look to see what food items are available. This is a somewhat kinder way of checking their diet.