Catch and Release from a Kayak
When you're catching and releasing from a kayak, there are some tools that are going to make it easier for you, and some considerations you need to make.
First off: do yourself a favor and get yourself a fish grip. I know not everybody likes these, but in a kayak its harder than on a boat or on shore to handle a fish, and the fish grip allows you to hold the fish by its jaw without hurting it, which can become very important in a kayak where its arguably easier to harm the fish.
Now, make sure you use it right:
The way you handle and control the fish while it's out of the water is a key point in its survival. If you toss it and send it flying back into the water after ripping its gills, it's not going to make it.
Keeping stability in a kayak, like I"ve mentioned, is already hard, so if you're able to use a fish grip (which locks in place) to keep the fish stable you wont drop or hurt it should you lose a bit of stability.
Nets can be hook magnets and cause you un-wanted movement if there's wind, so the fish grip is a good alternative. I'm not saying you shouldn't use nets if that's what your comfortable wish, I'm speaking to beginners here. Do whatever you can to keep yourself balanced and stable, for both your safety and the fish's.
Lastly, the fish grip allows for faster photo ops: you can have the fish in the perfect position in no time without hurting it. Have your camera ready to go, and safely let the little guy on his way.
NOTE: These are also great for dealing with fish with a bite: check out the last video of the FISH GRIP VS SNAKEHEAD!! You wouldn't want your hand to be in its place.
Hope this helps some of you guys new to yak angling!