No.8 catch a fish with a net

Two boys play with a fishing net on the beach

Catching your very own fish using a net is one of the best ways to spend time on a seaside or countryside holiday, or if you're lucky enough to live nearby. It's tricky though, with the fish darting around and trying to avoid you and your net! We've put together some ideas to make sure you can get this activity ticked off your list in no time.

Choose your spot

You can find fish in fresh or salt water from the sea, rivers, canals, lakes or streams, so you can either look for a spot close to your home, or wait until you go on holiday to do this challenge. Once you've decided where you're going to fish, then you'll just need to wait.

Be patient (and quick with your net!)

If you want to catch a fish, you'll need to be patient while you wait to spot one and then quick as soon as you've found one to scoop it up into your net.
 
Fishing is all about taking your time and then surprising the fish to get it in your net. You may find you have to wait for what feels like forever to catch one, but the feeling you get when you do will be worth it.
 

Identify your catch

You'll need to be a little bit careful as some fish are poisonous, like weaver/wrasse or spiny fish, so it's a good idea to have a spotter sheet or have done a little bit of research into the most common types of fish in the sort of place you're looking for them.

Also, if you're fishing in a stream, then look really carefully in your net as you may have little tiny fish like sticklebacks or minnows which you might not spot straightaway.

Look after your fish

Once you've caught your fish don't forget that it will need to be in water to stay alive, so if you don't want to look at it anymore, then always put it back quickly and carefully so it can swim off home again.

If you want to transfer the fish to a container to have a longer look at it, then it's best to use the same water (at the same temperature) as the place where the fish came from in your container, and please don't leave it out in the sun to get hot.

If possible, avoid handling your new fishy friend completely. If you absolutely have to, then either use your net, or a wet flannel. Don't feed the fish either, all the food he needs will be wherever he lives.

Let it go!

The fish will be much happier if you can pop it back in it's original home so it can swim off again within half an hour, so once you've caught it, photographed it and showed it to your friends, then let it go. 

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