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Old 08-04-2004, 10:37 PM
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Default How do you unhook a snapping turtle?

I used to just cut the line and leave the snapper with a huge hook in his mouth forever if it's not a disenegrating hook, which kinda sucks for the turtle. How would you unhook a turtle. Are there any disadvantages to using disenegrating hooks-are they more expensive, too? I'd feel better knowing I can release a 5 pound bass that swallowed a hook but the hook will dissapear one day. How long do the hooks take to dissapear?
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1. Cut his head off with a machette.

2. leave the head to dry up for a couple of days.

3. On the third day, kick the head to make sure he is actually dead.

4. Step on head (with steel toe boots) and pull hook from turtle with Channel Lock pliers.

5. Resume fishing.
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Ummm....very carefully!

Unless the hook is stainless it will rust out eventually. Even stainless will probably fall apart one day. It will just take a looong time.

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With a .45 Seriously I wouldn't tangle with one of any size....had the truck backed up to the river sitting in chairs in the bed fishing for cats and caught one pretty good sized....my buddy thought he'd lift it into the truck for a closer look and that turtle kicked us and the chairs out of the bed and dented the truck and the tool box. Problem was we couldn't even shoot it without killing the truck!!
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Cut the head off,the rest is good eating!
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I'd have to say, if the hook is deep, cut the line and be done with it. If the hook is removable with pliars, let him dangle by the line where his own weight will pretty much keep him at bay. When he relaxes a bit, grab the hook with a needlenose pliar and twist her loose. Try to avoid the writhing, wrenching and snapping jaws while doing this, and by all means, don't let him dangle around the family jewels.

When the hook finally pops loose and the snapper hits the ground whirling around with reckless abandon, calmy grab your machette and start whacking wildly at anything moving towards an ankle.
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Reach over and let him grab ahold of your left index finger. While he's busy mangling your finger, you can remove the hook with your right hand. As for getting the damn thing off your finger....well, that's maybe another thread

Cut the line and let him worry about the hook
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Let's see here.....hmmmmm

grilled turtle
sautéed turtle
barbecue turtle
coconut turtle
turtle and pastry
fried turtle
buffalo turtle nuggets
turtle on a stick
turtle soup
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How do you unhook him?

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I think you have to wait for a full moon.
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If the turtle is hooked in the mouth so you can see the hook, you can put a tree limb or boat paddle near it’s mouth and it’ll bite. Lift the turtle with the stick- it’ll hold on. Use a pair of bolt cutters to cut the hook at the bend, then cut the line and let him go. The turtle will dislodge the hook on his own.

If the turtle swallowed the hook, just cut the line. Often they’ll dislodge it in time. Barbless or semibarbless hooks help.

Also, most fish can dislodge a hook on their own. I used to keep big blue catfish in a pool in my backyard, and two of them passed hooks. A red drum hook mortality study I worked on kept fish in a tank, and one of the big drum passed a hook while in captivity. Often, you do more damage by trying to remove the hook. Hope this helps. chip.
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Hotspot got it! Mans' got to eat!!!!!!!!!
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I think you have to wait for a full moon.
I thought you had to wait for a lightning strike ?
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It's the thunder not the lightning!!!
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My grandmother made the best turtle soup. Her fried turtle was pretty darned good too. I use the hook and line to pull their head out and cut it off. Then you can stomp on the head and get your hook back. If you really want to let him go cut the hook in half and he'll do fine.
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Take it to the shore...get a boat...drag it around till a tiger shark eats it.
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Just to give Nimrod a warning about letting fish or turtles dangle by their own weight then reaching down to grab them.

I was on lake Murray up the river way past the campground in a jet boat in a striped bass tournament last year. Using 14' rods to flip gizzard shad under trees, I caught one of about 10 pounds. Once I got him in the boat I stood on the engine cover to lift the fish by the rod. Just as I got my hand close to the fish he shook one last time. Remember the 14' rods?

A 14' rod loaded w/ a 10 lb fish and my hand square in the line of fire. Hooks comes out and the barb manages to slide between my cuticle and thumb nail. Of ourse with all that stored energy it doesn't stop there. It keeps going until lodging, past the barb, in my bone. Oh yeah, that's pain. Happened at 8am in the morning, hook came out on my buddy's kitchen table at 1130 that night [yeah, he is at least a doc!].



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thats why i use bio hooks...now i dont have to worry about guthooking anymore...i dipped a bio hook in a pale of saltwater to check this out about a year ago....after a week it was really rusty, looked like a rusted hook, but when i picked it up it prettymuch fell apart. in salt water, i'd give that hook a lifespan of a week. as for them being expensive, they're a little more expensive than conventional hooks, but it depends what store and what brand you go with. i use gamagatsu's, daiici(sp?) are a little less expensive, and BOTH are quite sharp AND durable...after fishing saltwater, you'll want to hose down your entire box of gear that has been exposed, i used a freshwater reel low on greese one time, and a year later my ball bearings were GONE. lol. those hooks will get messed up if they arent cleaned right after use.
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Default RE: How do you unhook a snapping turtle?

I had a pond near me that I used to stock and was contemplating using 50 pound test and dead sunnies to catch and decapitate with an ax, all the damn snappers in the pond that were eating the 5 pound bass. But, I let 'em live and eat well. I will look into those bio hooks, too. Thanks.
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also, how long do fish usually stay alive for while out of the water? I had a blue fish out of the water for like 6 minutes that swallowed a hook. I cut the hook to pass the barb and pulled it out through the gills. The fish was lifeless for the last couple of minutes. Do you think it survived?
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