When fish are hooked, chaos strikes, too. While fighting, I often forget proper actions for catch and release. Here, I summarized catch and release manual for myself.
Step 1. Determine whether keep the fish or not: I prefer selective harvest: not a giant, nor a dwarf. When I get action, I can determine.
Step 2. Fight quickly: For this, I need to adjust my drag to the maximum limit of my rod and reel setting.
Step 3. Grip under jaw of fish while fish are still in water: I use lip grip for this.
Step 4. De-hook while fish are still in water: One hand holds lip grip, while the other hand holds pliers. Before this job, I need to put my fishing rod down opening the bail arm.
Step 5 (optional for measuring). Lift out the fish while supporting tail part: It helps reducing excessive pressure to the jaw. I need to wet my hand to hold the fish.
Step 6 (optional for measuring). Put the fish on a wet ground: Wet surface protect slime coating.
Step 7. Revive the fish in water by directing its head against current: It allows water running through gills.
Step 8. Release the fish when it starts swimming