Welcome to the Spydro Blog.  This Blog is written by Vorian Maryssael who works at Spydro. She is in daily contact with our Pro-Anglers, shops and end users and will here report on what’s going on out there!

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Don’t be a shark!

September 28, 2018

Further on the theme Catch & Release I would like to introduce sharks to you. Sharks are a

wonderful animal that have been with us for more than 420 Million years! Since they have no bone structure (only cartilage) we can’t find them as fossils, with exception to their teeth. Did you know that sharks have several rows of teeth and if they fall out they grow back out! All sharks have a set of 5-7 giles and if water stops going through them they don’t get enough oxygen to breath. So they sleep swim, always with an eye open to see you! Sharks also have a very acute sense of smell that allows them to detect blood in the water from miles away. There are many different species of sharks and they have adapted to a large variety of habitat, always at the top of the food chain.

 

According to the IUCN Redlist, 31% of the shark species are threatened to be extinct worldwide. Believe it or not, in Britain too there are sharks and of many varieties. However most of them are endangered, or even threatened to be extinct, so these have to be released when captured by anglers like you. 🙂 So don’t be a shark, do let them go, but keep your Spydro video as a trophy of your catch!

 

If you would like to know more about which species to release when fishing in the UK, check here


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Catch & Release

September 23, 2018

NOAA in the USA has a very nice list of what to think of when you practice Catch & Release (don’t forget to bring your Spydro along to capture the moment!):

  • Never play a fish to exhaustion.
  • Use tackle of sufficient strength for the size of your quarry.
  • If possible, dehook the fish in the water. If a hook is swallowed and you can’t easily remove it, cut the line as close to the hook as possible and leave the hook in the fish.
  • Circle hooks, barbless hooks or hooks with crimped barbs can increase survival and make removal easier.
  • Lost stainless steel hooks may stay in the ecosystem for a long time; consider using other metal hooks that will corrode faster and cause less damage to wildlife.
  • If you must remove a fish from the water, keep air exposure to a minimum. Less than 60 seconds is ideal.
  • Handle the fish as little as possible and only use wet hands. Use an appropriate release tool.
  • If you remove a fish from the water, try to support its weight along the length of its body. If sluggish, resuscitate a fish by facing it into the current or moving it back and forth until it regains strength before releasing it.
  • Use a soft knotless mesh or a rubber landing net which is less damaging to eyes, fins, scales and the protective mucous membrane.
  • Many fish, when reeled in from depth, suffer from barotrauma (bloating) and can no longer regulate their buoyancy. Without assistance to get back to depth of capture, these fish may die. Use descending devices such as weighted upside down milk crates, inverted barbless hooks and weights, or commercial fish descenders to return fish to depth and increase survival.

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We are more than 140 Million anglers in the world!

September 18, 2018

Did you know that we are more than 140 million recreational fishers in the world? And that we fish mostly in North America, Europe and Oceania. This means that together, we do have an impact on the environment and we need to take responsibility for that.

We all know that recreational fishers- or anglers – do take action, and it is great to see that FAO acknowledges that. A lot of the fishing license money goes back to habitat management for example and in many areas there is a strict Catch and Release policy. Here in Norway for example, we need to report to our local fishing club size and weight of the catch for some species.  If you want to know more about what FAO says on the topic, read their report here.

Catch & Release is a real advantage anglers have over hunters that are very restricted in when and how much. And as hunters have their antlers on the wall in their cabin, we can share our moment of pride straight through our mobile phones. In the moment!


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Weekend Relax with Spydro Waters

September 8, 2018

Aaaah…  Finally weekend and I can relax a bit. And why not with a Spydro Video? This video is one that I can see over and over again. The colors, the sharpness.. It just transports me in to those waters where I can relax. The music is great and I watch the fish, their daily life, chasing a lure, getting hooked. Over and over until I find myself deeply relaxed. Wonderful!

 

 


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Mountain lake envy and giant pike on the hook!

September 5, 2018

This morning when I am sitting glued to my laptop with heaps of work ahead of me,  

messages over Whats-app start to come in. It is Daniel Altmann that is fishing in Lake Lucern, Switzerland. I envy him in this beautiful calm landscape. I start dreaming about going out, being on lakes, in weather, close to nature. But alas, back to work!

 

After a few hours Daniel shares an amazing video with us. A giant pike is striking at his lure! I can’t believe this is happening just a few moments ago! And we get to share Daniel’s excitement with him. The footage is excellent and check out the speed with which the pike strikes!

 

 

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