You just landed a corker of a carp after a few weeks of blanking. You're overcome with excitement, and you find yourself in a scramble to locate your camera, weigh sling and scale. With everything set and the beast in your hands, your fishing-buddy snaps away. It all happens so quickly, and before you know it the beast swims free once again.
With your heart still pounding, you browse through the fresh photos. You're horrified to discover it ruined by empty bottles, rubbish bins and Oom Jan's trailer grabbing an awkward photobomb in the background. Your heart sinks when you realise you don't have the photo to match the fish. We've all been there!
Follow CarpFever’s five simple steps to ensure you're prepared next time you land a photo-worthy fish:
- Take a deep breath! Keep your catch in the water until you've had time to gather and prepare all your gear on the bank. This will give your catch some time to recuperate after the battle.
- Select a spot with a kick-ass background (this can be done when you arrive), keeping the position of the sun in mind and where the light (and shadows) will fall. Position your landing mat accordingly and have a bucket of water ready.
- Make sure that you remove all items that will spoil your image. Ask your fishing-buddy to do a quick ‘rehearsal’ snap to see if you are happy with the way it looks. Now it's time to get that corker on camera.
- Collect your catch and use the bucket of water to clean off any dirt – it is great for the fish, and he'll be glowing for the photograph. Pick your trophy up slowly and smile for the camera.
NOTE: After its short rest, it might be a bit feisty – so be careful.
- Quickly check the photos to see if you are happy before you release your catch.
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