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Hopefully, the angler who caught this looked after the fish properly while out of the water. It would be better to see the fish on an unhooking mat, for example, to protect its scales and so on. Many fishing societies now insist upon that. Barbel also need time to recover in flowing water before being released, of course. Great fighting fish, and deserving of careful treatment.
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small specimen of around 3/4lb returned shortly after capture (barbless hook) and photo which was taken with the fish resting on damp grass.
That's good to hear, as the welfare of the fish must come first. Still worth thinking about an unhooking mat of some sort, though.
Fair point well made! Thanks for your comment.
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