Getting most out of your HERO shot!

Getting most out of your HERO shot!

How many of you have ever taken pictures of your catch and sent it to your family or friends?  Do you do that to brag about how awesome you are or to just rub it in that you’re out fishing while they are stuck at work?  To be honest, I’ve done both.  Now with Instagram becoming so popular, it’s even more important to land that fish, rummage through our vest and snap a pic with our smartphone so we can share with the world how epic we are.  Here are three tips for you AND the fish;

  1. Most important of all, protect your fish!  Wet your hands before touching the fish.  This will minimize loss of the protective coating on the fish.  Keep fish out of the water only a few seconds.  When they aren’t in the water, they can’t breathe and that stress only increases the mortality rate of the fish.  If the fish is that amazing that it deserves a photo, then it deserves to go back into the water to be caught another day.
  2. Look for unique poses.  Laying a fish on its side next to the rod not only is boring but bad for the fish.  Instead, try snapping a close up pic of a distinguishing feature.  Browns and brookies have amazing colors on their cheeks and fins.  Find that indescribable feature and capture that.
  3. Lastly, and probably most important to you is PROTECT THAT PHONE!  How many of you have went to take a pic and the fish flops, you go to grab the fish and you drop BOTH fish and phone.  Not only did you miss out on the pic, you ruined a 500$ phone.  I’ve found a solid waterproof case is crucial to protecting your phone and getting the pics you want on the water.  Lifeproof makes great cases for both iPhones and various android devices.  These are more or less shatter-proof and waterproof so don’t worry about dropping them on some streamside rocks or in the water.