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Best instructional on how to properly release a fish?


Best instructional on how to properly release a fish?

Old 10-26-2019, 07:30 AM
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Default Best instructional on how to properly release a fish?

To save me hours of surfing the net, can someone post a link to a video on the best method to release a bottom fish that has swallowed a hook and/or has it's bladder full? I also sailfish the reef in the winter so I wouldn't mind one of those either.
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Instead of a rod/reel to retrieve this device, I use paracord on a yoyo and keep the whole thing in bucket
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Descending release devices could soon be required in SAMF. .....

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Here is the Fish Saver in action
Old 10-28-2019, 04:22 AM
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For any pelagic fish like sailfish, white marlin, tuna etc... DO NOT remove the fish from the water #1, bring it alongside the boat using the leader and either 1) swim it with the leader at about 4-6 knots until resuscitated then remove circle hook or 2) VERY carefully insert a tiny lip gaff in the bottom lip then remove the hook then swim the fish and then release. With a billfish using circle hooks its very easy to just use the leader to swim the fish b/c it's easy to dehook. If we get white marlin up here as bycatch tuna fishing on J hooks I'll carefully bill the fish and a crew will dehook and then I'll swim the fish by the bill.

Here's a photo of me with a 55' bluefin tuna lip gaffed and ready for a swim. We had just removed the hook and then bumped up the boat to about 4 knots and swim the fish until it's lateral fins start to flutter and it tries to start getting itself upright then release it.

If you do this stuff regularly you'll understand why guys like boats like with low gunnels aft.

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