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Keep Em Wet Fishing’s Guide to Proper Catch and Release

Keep Em Wet Fishing Bryan Huskey
Proper catch and release techniques are important for us all to know. Source: Bryan Huskey

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Bryan Huskey, a freelance photographer, filmmaker, and founder of Keep Em Wet Fishing, delves into why and how he started the #KeepEmWet Fishing movement.

Their ethos is “WE BELIEVE THAT AS WE LEARN MORE WE HAVE AN OBLIGATION TO EVOLVE OUR MINDSET AND PRACTICES.”

In this podcast, we cover:

1:25: Who is Bryan Huskey and how he got started with his Keep Em Wet Fishing movement.

2:16: Who influenced him to start fishing.

5:11: The 3 KeepEmWet Principles.

  1. Minimize air exposure
  2. Eliminate contact with dry surfaces
  3. Reduce handling

18:13: 10 tips and best practices for releasing fish back into the water successfully.

  1. Reduce angling duration
  2. Follow local regulations
  3. Hold fish over water
  4. Fish barbless hooks
  5. Fish with nets
  6. Use only rubber nets
  7. Carry hook removal devices
  8. Photograph wet fish
  9. Grip fish carefully
  10. Carefully revive fish
  • These tips should be mandatory for anyone who participates in catch and release fishing.

42:43: What KeepEmWet is NOT.

45:47: What grinds Bryan’s gears in the fly fishing community.

50:30: Where you can find KeepEmWet Fishing on social media.

Jon Stenstrom
Founder & Angler
Jon Stenstrom is a fishing and spearfishing enthusiast. He's been fishing since he was 5 years old in the backcountry of Yosemite for trout and in the surf near his home in SoCal. Over the past 4 years, he's been spearfishing up and down the coast of California. He started Cast and Spear to help inspire others to get outside and chase their dream fish. Notable catches include spearing a 65-pound white sea bass, large grouper, and yellowtail down in Baja. When he's not in the water, he's usually fishing from his Gregor Baja aluminum boat or inflatable Takacat catamaran.
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