jim bielecki Posted April 12, 2010 Report Share Posted April 12, 2010 Fish are fragile creatures. Many fisherman unfortunately do not know how to handle a caught fish. I have observed many smallies die at the hands of an unskilled fisherman. 2 cases were very recent which motivated me to post this. At the very least, many fisherman take too long even if it's a clean release. They don't think to place the fish in the water for a few moments to give the fish some fresh oxygen if the release procedure is taking too long; I witnessed this occurance today. The fish was caught with a rattle trap but the fisherman took a long time unhooking the fish. I spoke to him and gave him the tip on pinching down the barbs of his hooks. He felt bad about his release and seemed responsive to the tip. Some fisherman don't think to cut their hooks with bolt cutters if the fish is hooked in multiple locations on the fish's body, such as the case with treble hooks. I need to get a new pair now that I think of it. I think it would be great to produce a video that can be presented on how to handle fish that are hooked in various ways. Even gut hooked fish can be saved or at least have a chance. Pulling the hook forward and cutting the hook removes the hook. The fish may have a damaged esophagus but it has a better chance than with a hook impailed in its throat. It can be a great educational tool at the ISA booths. It can also show how to handle certain un-hooking tools. Many people buy them but don't know how to use them. Just an idea. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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