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Old 07-23-2020, 04:44 AM
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Saw this on another site, not sure if it has been posted here.
I think this is a cool idea. Never been comfortable killing stuff that won’t be eaten or sold.
I know that a percentage of my releases don’t survive.

It seems to me that this is simple enough and supposedly successful enough that every boat that fishes stuff deep should have one on board.
I’m going to make one of these and have it on board before my next groundfish trip.

Figure I could dedicate an older rig to just the device.





Old 07-23-2020, 04:49 AM
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There is also this:

https://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/bulle...rouper-fishery
Old 07-23-2020, 05:53 AM
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They have been around for a while. There are at least a dozen or so devices like that on the market including the SeaQualizer.

I have it mounted on a down rigger.
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I have a Seaqualizer (recommended by CCA) and recommend it for releasing snapper.
Old 07-23-2020, 01:22 PM
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Another vote for the seaqualizer, but any descender is better than venting. Limiting post release mortality means more fish to catch later on and if you remove all those free meals it might limit dolphin and shark populations too.
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I have had a Seaqualizer for about a year. They work very well and an equaling device is now mandatory in Florida...
Old 07-25-2020, 12:04 PM
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Originally Posted by nfairbank View Post
I have had a Seaqualizer for about a year. They work very well and an equaling device is now mandatory in Florida...
Only in federal waters

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