Puget Sound At Her Finest

Discussion in 'Saltwater' started by miyawaki, Oct 21, 2010.

  1. Don Freeman

    Don Freeman Free Man

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    This thread is getting tired, but I have a feeling that the comment on a "fish in a net with a hand glommed onto it" refers to the picture I posted. I avoid touching fish as a rule, but if you look carefully, you'll see that my hand is open, but I had to rotate the trout gently to an upright position because he was exhausted and belly up. A "hand glommed onto it" describes a one handed grip and grin where the fish is squeezed like a tube of toothpaste and waved in the air. I seldom photograph my catch, but this shot was for a magazine article about protecting SRC's. Irony.

    I think the bottom line is that we can beat the old horse all day over whether beaching a fish kills it or not, but I've yet to hear anyone claim that it's good for them. We should strive for the least stressful treatment in the given situation.
     
  2. wet line

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    Sci Guy

    I am going to tell you why yours and others thinking is wrong about babying fish! The most humane way to handle a fish is to NOT let it take line but rather make it work against the rod as much as possible for starters. You dominate the fish and get it to hand as quickly as possible.

    Now most of the people whining about this have probably never caught a sea run in the 18 to 20 inch category and I believe this fish is in there. A 14" cutt and an 18" cutt are night and day! Yes, sometimes the hook will fall out but often it takes a bit of effort to extract and to do that subduing the fish is necessary. Nets are OK at some level but they still remove a lot of slime which is critical for survival. Hands even when wet are not good. Sometimes the best thing to do is to slide a fish onto the bank and due the duty there. I know as I have been fortunate enough to catch some LARGE sea runs over the years.

    Situation dictates what you do in handling a fish. What we don't know is the situation. Now if the fish was being held up with two hands for a hero shot that is another issue but it wasn't. So critisize if it makes you feel good but you are doing so without knowing the full picture and is really quite hollow.

    Dave
     
  3. Alexander

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    "but I've yet to hear anyone claim that it's good for them. We should strive for the least stressful treatment in the given situation"

    "because he was exhausted and belly up"

    Nice!
     
  4. Roger Stephens

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    :thumb: Interesting comment and what it insinuates!

    Roger
     
  5. SciGuy

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    You can't change the context in the middle of a discussion. This thread has turned into a thread about handling fish once brought to hand/net. Yes, of course, any fish destined for release should be brought in as soon as possible without the fish be too hot to handle...this is the central arguement against ultralight tackle for CNR fisheries...but that is off-topic. Once the fish is in hand, however, the game changes and it should release as quickly and gently as possible...no sand, no rocks, no barnacles, no dry hand, no wool glove, no knotted net, etc. I have brought in my fair share of SRCs in the 18+ range and, yes, they are a different beast...but none of them required a barnacle-laden beach to land. Yes, we do harass fish even in CNR fisheries but that doesn't mean we can't minimize the harassment. Finally, to the genius a few posts ago who can't differentiate between a PETA mentality and proper CNR...you, sir, are truly lost.
     
  6. Calico Keta

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    You guys are fuking duche bags.
    Nice fish Leland
     
  7. Kerfwappie

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    Name calling. Now that's intelligent. Good conversational skills. You win the debate. Bravo my man. Quick, ring the bell! Winner! Winner! Winner!

    Oh yeah, you misspelled a few words.

    Yes, it is a nice fish Leland.