We all like to have a decent trophy shot of special moment, be it a PB, or just to keep a record of your catch whatever the weight. If you've got a mate with you at the time, or someone fishing the next peg who is happy to be your cameraman, then great (beware though, that doesn't guarantee a decent photo!) However, there are many occasions when we are fishing alone and have to rely on 'self-take' photography.
Many people find 'self-takes' a little daunting and struggle to get the trophy shot quite right, myself included, I hate doing self takes as I'm torn between making sure the fish is ok and getting the picture right, this is where problems arise and a lack of concentration in the photography stakes usually results in a poor shot, e.g., heads chopped off, fish tails missing, poorly focussed images etc, but it doesn't always have to be a nightmare if you follow a few simple rules.
There are several ways to go about 'self-takes' and some of them are dependant on the type of camera you use. The vast majority of anglers use 'compact' style camera and everything below is based around that type of camera, though it can be applied to DSLR's also - I use both types of camera. The following isn't a definitive guide, it's merely outlining how I go about getting my self-take shots and will hopefully help a few people who are struggling with their self-take pictures.
One thing that is paramount is fish welfare. If you think or know that you will be taking pictures during your session, then have your camera equipment ready right from the outset, don't leave yourself scrambling about to find your camera/tripod etc after you've caught the fish, it should always be to hand and ready for use as soon as the fish is banked. There isn't a worse sight than seeing an angler leave a fish flapping about on a mat while he looks for his camera!