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1. Rubber nets.
Yes, rubber nets are a little heavier and have more resistance in the water, but they are more fish friendly than string nets. With string nets, lures often become tangled in the net and when they are still in the fish’s mouth. Untangling lures in a net is dangerous to both the angler and the fish and it requires the fish to be out of the water longer than need be. Rubber nets are more tangle resistant and the soft rubber is less abrasive to the fish’s scales and protective slime.
2. Have your camera ready.
My personal rule is the fish must be back in the water in 30-seconds or less. So the first thing I do when I get to my fishing spot is I get my camera out and ready so when the time comes I’m not fumbling with a lens cap or getting my camera out of the camera bag. Same when using your cell-phone for pictures. Have it out and ready.
3. Have a supportive hold. When holding a fish by supporting their midsection be sure not to squeeze the fish’s midsection too hard or you run the risk of damaging the internal organs. All you really need to do is place the palm of your hand under their belly and support the fish’s weight.
4. Protect the gills and avoid the eyes. When holding a fish, make sure you place your fingers behind the fish’s gill plate, not in their gills. Damaged gills from improper finger placement is a sure way to release a fish, only to have it die later. Picking a fish up by the soft tissue of the gills would be like picking a human up by the inner tissue of their nose. Never pick up or hold a fish by their eyes.
5. Be gentle. When releasing a fish back into the water, I like to support the fish under their belly and let it swim away under its own power. Sometimes I will gently hold the fish by the tail once it’s in the water until it’s ready to swim away. I never dive bomb the fish into the water and I never move it back and forth. Some believe moving the fish back and forth in the water forces water through its gills creating oxygen. However, many experts believe as you move the fish backwards it forces water past the fish’s gills in the wrong direction damaging microscopic sensories on the fish’s gills.
6. Consider... is the hook is too deep? If a fish is throat hooked and the hook can't be removed without hurting the fish, cut the line as close to the hook as possible and release the fish. Thousands of controlled studies in aquariums have shown that fish with hooks left in their mouths and throat, including barbed hooks and crankbaits, are free of the hook in 48-hours or less and many of the hooked fish during the study continued to feed. Anglers will often do more damage and even mistakenly kill a fish by trying to remove the hook(s) that are too deep.
There are thousands other great tips and tricks that anglers can use to prevent a dead release that aren’t mentioned here. However, these are the six most basic ways to prevent a dead release this season.
Wes David | Len Thompson Pro Staff
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – February 24, 2017
Alberta Company Acquires Iconic Great Lakes Brand
Legacy Brand Len Thompson Lures Adds Northern King Lures to Portfolio
LACOMBE, ALBERTA – When Len Thompson Lures company President Brad Pallister was travelling in the Great Lakes region of North America, one brand stood out above the rest.
“Retailers and consumers throughout the region raved about the quality and dependability of Northern King Lures,” said company President Brad Pallister. “We were passively seeking an opportunity to add another great spoon brand to our exiting line, and I phoned to see if they were interested in passing the torch.”
Second generation owner, Beverly Cahill, received this call as her company was evaluating their future within the tackle industry.
“My dad, Pat Distaffen along with my mom Etta started the company in 1984. My dad had a passion for designing and manufacturing a premium quality trolling spoon that outperformed its competitors. He worked hard to make sure the lure had just the right action,” says Beverly. “Over the years, my family developed a brand name that stood for quality and success on the water. But recently my siblings and I were trying to figure out how we could take Dad’s Northern King Lure to the next level.”
The two companies spoke about mutual success for nearly a year. The Distaffen siblings agreed that to grow their dad’s brand, selling to a larger tackle manufacturer made the most sense.
“After learning more about Thompson-Pallister Bait Co, we were so confident in our choice. They are a 4th Generation family business that focuses on manufacturing premium quality products. They have good values as a company, and a great brand in Len Thompson Lures. We knew they were a great fit to help continue and grow the legacy of dad’s invention,” says Cahill.
The Pallister family was so pleased to have the opportunity at continuing on something so successful. “We understand the responsibility of ensuring this brand reaches its full potential. That is why we will be manufacturing Northern King Lures in Canada with the original die sets designed by Pat, and use high quality American components. There are many trolling spoons on the market, but few that have the proprietary die sets that are the key to the success of the product.”
Northern King Lures will officially launch at ICAST 2017 in Orlando Florida in July. However, Pallister states that consumers may have the opportunity to purchase these lures a bit sooner than the launch.
“We want to make sure we do it right the first time. We want to have the core colours that Northern King customers love, while also maintaining our core business commitments of supplying our customers quickly with the highest possible quality. If I know we can fulfill these commitments earlier than anticipated, then we will potentially explore an early release.”
About Thompson-Pallister Bait Co. Ltd: Established in 1929, Len Thompson Lures is a 4th generation family owned and operated, Canadian manufacturer. The company’s staff hand craft each of their nearly 1 million items distributed each year throughout North America from their production facility in Lacombe, Alberta, Canada.
Further information: Brad Pallister, President - 403-782-3528 - email@example.com
On June 4th, the Lacombe Fish & Game Association in collaboration with the Alberta Conservation Association hosted the annual Kids Can Catch event at the Len Thompson Pond. Around 450 people took part.
A special thank you to the event's other sponsors including Dow Chemical Canada, Central Alberta Co-op, City of Lacombe, and Smoky Trout Farm Limited.
Hello Anglers! Soon the 2016 fair-weather fishing season will be open across Canada. Be sure to pick up a 2016 fishing license and a new Provincial regulations booklet to double check the rules on the waterbodies you plan on fishing before you head out. There may have been changes. And remember to practice catch and release to help maintain a healthy fishery.
To make it easy, we’ve compiled a list of links to each province’s regulations:
We weren’t able to find the newest regulations for Nunavut or Newfoundland online (you may have better luck in your search) but have included the old regulations links below.
Newfoundland and Labrador
Anglers can take advantage of this downtime by putting away their ice fishing gear and getting their fair-weather fishing gear ready for the 2016 open water season.
Taking the time to properly store ice fishing gear during the off season will save you a ton of grief next winter.
While the line is removed, take the time to lubricate the gears and bearings in the reel. This is rarely done on ice fishing reels but it’s an important step in keeping ice reels in game shape. Store all fishing rods and tip-ups where nothing will be placed on top of them during the off season. Check all hooks and repair, replace and sharpen as needed.
Tip: Sporting stores usually put their remaining ice fishing gear on sale at the end of the season. Also, some stores have a recycling drop-off for used fishing line.
Wes David | Len Thompson Pro-Staff