10 Keys: S.A.F.E. Angling Tackle

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The ideas presented as S.A.F.E. Angling are not original, but a compilation of "best practices" by all types of anglers. These ideas benefit the weekend angler with limited time and money, as well as the professional tournament angler in both freshwater and saltwater. S.A.F.E. angling benefits not only our waterways and the fish in them, but the angler as well.

Here are our top 10 S.A.F.E. Suggestions as pertaining to tackle:

1. Switch to barbless hooks

2. Use single hooks instead of trebles

3. Begin converting to tackle that does not contain lead, especially weights and split-shot sinkers

4. If you fish soft plastics, switch to the emerging biodegradable molded baits (best) or as another good alternative, the super-tough, shred and tear resistant plastics.

5. Use super glue, a toothpick, or a lure accessory designed to help hold trailers onto a hook

6. Try "Quick-Strike" rigs for trolling live and dead bait presentations

7. Circle or Kahle style hooks with live- and deadbait rigs.

8. A rod, reel and line matched to the fish you’re pursuing will allow for a timely landing of fish.

9. Knotless rubber mesh nets

10. Get a de-hooking tool that allows you to release fish in-water with minimal contact.

This is gear you can start using right away to help our fish and fisheries, if you’re not already. For practices that will help, click here.

Little changes make a big difference!