Anglers love to debate the table qualities of their favorite quarry. In truth, the way a fish is treated after capture makes as much difference to its taste as its species. Here’s how to keep the best flavor in your catch:
Belly Rub 'Em
Fish go dormant when you hold them upside down. If you can flip them over and hold white side up, they'll hold still while you de-hook them.
Administering a solid thump at the back of the head with a fish billy prevents the fish from flopping as much and bruising the meat.
Your fish will never look better, so take photos ASAP, before its colors fade.