West Palm Beach, FL — Even though snook season is closed, many anglers still enjoy the thrill of catching and releasing one of Florida's premier game fish. It is not uncommon for anglers to weigh their catch using popular hand scales, but what they don't realize is that they may in fact be causing severe harm to the fish when they suspend it vertically from the scale. Recognizing there was a need for a better approach, the West Palm Beach Fishing Club (WPBFC) developed the Snook Sling, a tool that enables anglers to keep the fish in a horizontal position without the need to physically attach the scale to the fish. Weighing and releasing some species of fish, especially snook, tarpon and trout, in a vertical orientation can damage vital internal organs, or sometimes damage the throat latch or gills. "Because the Fishing Club is an advocate of catch, weigh and release, we wanted to develop and promote the use of a tool that minimizes our impact on the fish. Using a Snook Sling is just a more ethical approach to weighing your catch," said WPBFC Chairman Pete Schulz.