6 must-have tools for safely releasing big fish

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Essential gear for safely releasing fish to fight another day

Properly releasing fish requires anglers to perform a series of potentially complicated tasks, often in a rocking boat, swiftly flowing water or cold, rainy conditions. You have to get a powerful, slippery creature under control and remove one or more hooks without injuring it or yourself, then quickly return the fish to its watery domain. And like any tricky operation, you need the right tools for the job.

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