Ever wonder how to properly release a fish after you've caught it? There are a few techniques and etiquettes that fishermen follow to minimize the harm done when releasing a fish back into the water. Here, we spent a day out off of Long Island, NY in the Atlantic Ocean fishing for Tautog (Blackfish). These bottom-dwelling reef fish that are slow-growing, and easily overfished since they congregate around bottom structures (wrecks, reefs, etc). It's important to minimize the harm done to by-catch, and to follow the size and catch limits for these animals when out fishing, so that the future of their population can continue to thrive in these waters.
The techniques used here aren't specific to Tautog (Blackfish), but can be followed when fishing for any recreational species of fish.
Produced by The TerraMar Project
Shot/Directed/Edited by Brian Yurasits
Featuring: Anthony Kritis - Local Fisherman