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A reminder when handling fish, particularly bigger fish: always wet your hands prior to  handling the fish…handle the fish as little as possible when removing the barbless hook…whether immediately releasing or posing for a pic, keep the fish low to the  water so if, as above, the fish propels itself out of your slippery grasp, the fall is a short distance into the water and not on any hard surfaces. 

Depending upon the size of fish, your level of excitement and your experience level, a little mental planning is in order. While you are caught up in ‘the moment’ and having fun, also give thought to how and where you will handle the fish to have a positive, safe outcome for the fish and yourself.