I should know the answer to this but! I caught a 5# blue on the Ohio River bank fishing. I normally grab the cats behind the gills. Took a couple of minutes to take a picture. When I tried to release him in shallow water, I laid him down in the water but he wouldn't budge. Finally had to step in the water and push him out into deeper water before he responded. Obviously I am doing something wrong. Constructive criticisim accepted.