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Old 05-21-2020, 07:54 AM
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Default SeaQualizer or equivalent for upcoming ARS season

So with the upcoming ARS season I'm planning to do my best to not have any fish float off this year. Past experience has been that even with venting carefully, some of the "shorts" just don't make it after being cranked up from 100 or so feet.

I've never used one, but heard that the best device going is the SeaQualizer , but at $60 (yeah, I'm a cheap SOB!) I'm willing to entertain a cheaper or DIY rig that will do the job as well if there is one.

I plan to use a downrigger to drop the fish back down using a 5# weight and be able to more quickly/easily crank it back up.

Any experience using one, recommendations for something else, or maybe a source to get a deal on these things?

Thanks!

-Mac

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There are things like this:

https://www.outdoorproshop.com/Shelt...-descender.htm

They can be awkward and annoying to use. I wound up buying a SeaQualizer.
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You can put a big barbless hook, like a small gaff, in the lip and drop and they will usually fall off once they get down. But it involves another hole.

How far from Tampa do you need to go to get to 100??? With all that gas and expense I'm amazed you refuse to buy a SQ. It's an awesome tool and FYI, it works on all other fish too not just for the two days you are catching the dumbest fish in the sea.

How are you releasing short muttons, mangroves, and grouper???
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Originally Posted by DarcizzleOffshore View Post
You can put a big barbless hook, like a small gaff, in the lip and drop and they will usually fall off once they get down. But it involves another hole.

How far from Tampa do you need to go to get to 100??? With all that gas and expense I'm amazed you refuse to buy a SQ. It's an awesome tool and FYI, it works on all other fish too not just for the two days you are catching the dumbest fish in the sea.

How are you releasing short muttons, mangroves, and grouper???
Never said I refuse to buy one, just asking for other options before I do. Absolutely the other expenses of a 30+ mile run to get to them, justifies spending a bit more on helping the resource the right thing to do. No argument.

Wish we had Muttons around here, have heard of a couple actually being caught, but very few and far between. No idea why, but I have very few problems with Groupers, Mangroves and AJ's floating off. But ARS seem to always come up bloated and not recover as well.

And yeah, convincing one to bite your hook is not too tough.
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For anyone else looking, I did find that they were cheaper thru
Amazon Amazon
. And of course free shipping if you're already Prime.
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Have used a seaqualizer for years now. Great product, highly recommend. Safer and more effective than venting IMO.
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I've been using the seaqualizer for a few years now and it's great.
1st time out we used a rod & reel, probably a hundred times.
A manual down rigger is the only way to go.
You can let it down slowly while you rebait, then crank it back up.
If you're fishing in 100 feet like me, you must also be looking at close to a 50 miles run like I am up here near Tarpon.
If you can afford the boat, gear, and fuel, you can afford a seaqualizer!
I absolutely love NOT killing fish that I am not keeping.
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I have one and I love it. I tried using other descender devices and often times they slipped off at the surface and floated away.

Mine stopped working at 1week past the warranty. I emailed them and they sent a prepaid label, I sent it back, and they sent a new one plus a sunglass neck strap for free. If I were ruler for a day I would 100% require every boat to have one.
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Where I charter half the year we have been required to carry these devices for many years now.

I have owned every device mentioned in this thread, a couple times for each. The more expensive ones won't look as attractive once you've lost 10-15 of them in rocks, due to sharks, cudas, etc and you WILL lose them if you use them often.

I didn't see the rok lees (brand name) mentioned here, I did like that one as well. Seaqualizer is ok just sucks when you lose them. I have one on the boat right now bc the fed fish cops gave me one.

the SFD (mentioned previously) works great and you can also release fish while you keep fishing (same rod same time) and they are cheap enough you won't cry when you lose them.

oh and in a pinch you can make a homemade one like this:

use whatever you like it's a free country

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I have used them all over the past 15 years, now I only use the Fish Saver from Roys Electric Reels. Easy to use, unbreakable, will never rust and the price is right.

Fish Saver decending device.
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Originally Posted by rbhankins001 View Post
I have owned every device mentioned in this thread, a couple times for each. The more expensive ones won't look as attractive once you've lost 10-15 of them in rocks, due to sharks, cudas, etc and you WILL lose them if you use them often.
I never considered that you would lose them. Hopefully attached to a 5# ball on a steel cable I won't lose them often. Could have used one today as a few of the undersized Scamp didn't want to go back down and took a bit of convincing to get them to.

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I have used them all over the past 15 years, now I only use the Fish Saver from Roys Electric Reels. Easy to use, unbreakable, will never rust and the price is right.

Fish Saver decending device.
Agree that a simple device like that makes a lot of sense, but as Darcizzle pointed out, all of those similar cheap devices punch another hole in the fish (probably still less damage than venting the fish though).

Anyway, I went ahead and ordered a SeaQualizer and will update the thread on my opinion of how well it works (and how long it lasts before a predator takes it away!)

Thanks for all of the opinions!
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Originally Posted by mackerel View Post
I never considered that you would lose them. Hopefully attached to a 5# ball on a steel cable I won't lose them often. Could have used one today as a few of the undersized Scamp didn't want to go back down and took a bit of convincing to get them to.


Agree that a simple device like that makes a lot of sense, but as Darcizzle pointed out, all of those similar cheap devices punch another hole in the fish (probably still less damage than venting the fish though).

Anyway, I went ahead and ordered a SeaQualizer and will update the thread on my opinion of how well it works (and how long it lasts before a predator takes it away!)

Thanks for all of the opinions!
there is def nothing wrong with a seaqualizer

get an sfd (or 3 or 4) as a backup(s)

one problem we have is we are required to carry them (legally)

so if we have only one on board and lose it, now we are in violation

so I buy, and carry on board, several at a time

good luck and tight lines
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Originally Posted by mackerel View Post
So with the upcoming ARS season I'm planning to do my best to not have any fish float off this year. Past experience has been that even with venting carefully, some of the "shorts" just don't make it after being cranked up from 100 or so feet.

I've never used one, but heard that the best device going is the SeaQualizer , but at $60 (yeah, I'm a cheap SOB!) I'm willing to entertain a cheaper or DIY rig that will do the job as well if there is one.

I plan to use a downrigger to drop the fish back down using a 5# weight and be able to more quickly/easily crank it back up.

Any experience using one, recommendations for something else, or maybe a source to get a deal on these things?

Thanks!

-Mac
the SeaYaLater descending hook is a new innovation and works flawlessly even with high gunnels.
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Default SeaYaLater Descending hook.

https://seaqualizer.com/product/release-hook/
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I put my seaquelizer on paracord and wrap it up on a yoyo. It's a lot easier to handline it back up than to crank up a 3-4# weight on an extra reel. For the Tampa area, I set it to open at 50' and put a mark on the paracord at 55' for the release.

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