What should I have done?

Yesterday whilst bringing in a small roach of about 8oz, not for the first time in my angling life it was taken by a pike. Which although it stayed on for a while let go when it saw the net.

However the roach was very much worse for wear, with several very deep puncture wounds/ slashes across its body and looked about 30/70 for survival.

Should I have?

a) stuck it back out on a livebait rig – knowing the pike was spooked

b) released it in the hope it would recover – pretty sure it wouldn’t survive its injuries

c) knocked it on the head to put it out of its misery

d) Any other suggestion?

I chose to release the fish for no other reason than I didn’t have any pike gear (wire traces) with me.

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