a pike has been weighed it can be safely carried back to the water in the sling
for a careful release. Slip both sling and fish into the water and ease the pike
out into its natural element.
ensure that the pike can support itself before releasing your grip on it. If it
has difficulty staying upright it will need careful nursing to recover. Stay with
the fish for as long as it takes for it to maintain its balance unaided and, if
necessary, follow the special advice outlined on the next page. A fully recovered pike will swim steadily away.