1. Write the number with permanent marker on the card and staple tags to
2. Load your needle prior to going fishing.
3. Tag the fish as quickly as possible. Hold the needle on an angle
keeping the ground portion of the needle parallel to the body of the fish.
With a firm motion push the needle under a scale and into the flesh. If you
keep your index finger on the needle as shown it will help guide the needle
and serve as a stop to control the depth. If you scrape scales off without
the tag going in you are at too shallow of an angle. If when you tag and the
needle won't penetrate and a scale is stuck on the needle you are using to
steep an angle. If your needle cuts off the barb dull the inside edge of the
needle with a file. With practice this will become second nature to you.
4. Proper location for application of the tag
5. Release the fish as soon as possible. Revive the fish if needed. The warmer the water temperature and the longer the fight is the longer it will take the fish to get its strength back. Hold the fish back until the fish struggles and breaks your hold on him.
6. After releasing the fish, punch the card for size, month, date. Fold
the card in half and put in back of the bag. Load the needle with the next
tag etc. Use the tags in sequential order for ease of recording. When you
get home from your fishing trip write down the location on each tag card
5. Send or email results at the end of the year or turn them in as often
as you like. If you like I will send you a printout of your individual
records as below.