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Fishing during hot weather: essential advice for anglers to avoid harming fish


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With a spell of hot, dry weather in prospect, the Environment Agency has issued essential advice for anglers to help minimise the risk to fish.

Despite recent heavy rain in some parts of the country, the dry weather of recent years has had a dramatic effect on our waters.

As anglers, we all love and care for the fish we catch but it is important to remember that fish caught in warmer water are often more vulnerable than fish of the same size caught in colder water.

Larger fish are also more susceptible to the effects of low oxygen levels as they take longer to land and often fight to the point of physical exhaustion.

It is also important for anglers to keep the fish in the water while unhooking and taking care in the way a fish is returned will help to ensure your catch goes back safely.

Remember, if you see dead fish, fish in distress or gasping at the surface, contact the Environment Agency on 0800 80 70 60 and alert the fishery owner or angling club.

Fishing during hot weather – download advice

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