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I I have never caught a salmon before today!! I didnt realize these small blackmouth fought so hard!

Congratulations! The first small blackmouth I got (on a soft 5wt) was quite an eye opener also!
I "hand released" searuns for over a decade until this year. After reading a long thread on this website about using a net while beach fishing I bought a small trout c&r net at a local fly shop. While it cuts against my 'minimalist' instincts, having it along definitely makes the release more interesting since it allows me to slow down and really take a look at the fish (and photo it if I wish) while it is still in the water. And it allows the fish to relax and catch its breath before being released.

Now all you have to do is find that second blackmouth!
 

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Thanks! I will definitely keep all those things in mind about keeping the fish in the water! I need a net for sure. I am learning more and more about these fish and cant wait to catch more.
A net makes it easy to land them in deeper water and keep them wet along with minimal handling while they're released. Look for one with a rubber bag (no knots). Last time I looked Walmart had a decent option that was quite cheap if you're trying to keep costs down.

Nice job catching some fish!
 

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Some of ya'll are too wound up about fish handling. Guy takes a couple photos and some of you jump to curse him and ruin the moment he is trying to share.
Don't see any anyone cursing him, just helpful suggestions to keep the fish wet.
Kind of like when you thought you caught your first searun and folks pointed out it was a coho.
The OP seems to be OK with the fish handling suggestions.
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Some of ya'll are too wound up about fish handling. Guy takes a couple photos and some of you jump to curse him and ruin the moment he is trying to share.
I am normally not a stickler for fish handling skills (the catch and release of adult salmon and steelhead is not as big of a deal) but as I stated before juvenile kings and especially coho lose scales as soon as they are touched by anything. With thousands of resident silvers being caught and released in the south sound over the past four months that equals a lot of dead fish. The mortality rate on caught and released juvenile salmon is exponentially higher than that of adult salmon.

One could argue that catching and releasing 10 to 40 rezzies a day is detrimental to the survival of these fish. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy catching resident juvenile coho from time to time but I enjoy catching them more as adults in the late summer and fall. Anymore I find myself calling it a day after catching a few so that a bunch of scale less rezzies are not released to die.

Something to think about.
 

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Some of ya'll are too wound up about fish handling. Guy takes a couple photos and some of you jump to curse him and ruin the moment he is trying to share.
Ya why should anyone care about fish handling, right? Smh

First off, nobody is cursing him or ruining anything. People have just made some friendly suggestions to try to educate him. It's not a crime to be unaware that these young fish don't handle being man handled terribly well and as such we should keep it to a minimum. It is wrong to be educated on such things and continue to practice the same fish handling techniques.

I thought this thread actually went surprisingly well considering he posted a picture of a small blackmouth that was not only held out of the water but was also bleeding from what appears to be a hook to the eyeball. If this was posted on the steelhead forum there would be outright attacks on his character. Here there were just guys offering congrats as well as the suggestion to keep them wet.

I like fish pics as much as anyone, which is why I carry the cheap landing net that was mentioned above from Walmart. Cost 20 bucks and anytime I want a fish pic I can just net it and snap a pic and release it without ever touching it.

Nobody is perfect, I'm certainly not, but to offer suggestions for improvement is not cursing the guy and ruining any moment he may be having. It's just about educating which is a good portion of what this forum is about.
 

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I just find it funny that anyone who shoves a hook through a fish's face then yank him in against his will has the audacity to tell anyone else how "insensitive" they been. Don't get wrong, I encourage proper handling, but some are way too sensitive about it.

I do regress on my choice of words however. Curse was not the right word. Criticize would of been the better choice.

Sorry bek41. Didn't realize you were a woman. :)
 

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I just find it funny that anyone who shoves a hook through a fish's face then yank him in against his will has the audacity to tell anyone else how "insensitive" they been. Don't get wrong, I encourage proper handling, but some are way too sensitive about it.

I do regress on my choice of words however. Curse was not the right word. Criticize would of been the better choice.

Sorry bek41. Didn't realize you were a woman. :)
Who has told anyone how "insensitive" they are? Jesus man, quit making shit up and trying to stir the pot.

She didn't know about scale loss
Now she does. I'm very certain she will make an effort to improve her fish handling in the future. I'd call that a success, not an Internet lynch mob as you seem to be implying.
 

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Some of ya'll are too wound up about fish handling. Guy takes a couple photos and some of you jump to curse him and ruin the moment he is trying to share.
Like Stonefish said, it's just helpful suggestions for a beginner. You can't learn the right way to do it if nobody tells you or shows you. She took the suggestions well, and even thanked the board for them. Everyone is polite and friendly with the suggestions while also offering congrats. I would argue this is exactly what the forum was intended for.

The real problem (in general) is there are way too many people not wound up enough about fish handling. Don't be the guy on the beach that takes 5 minutes to play a 14" rezzie, pull it up in the rocks, spend another 5+ minutes unhooking it and taking hero shots (all with the fish laying in the rocks), then 10 minutes trying to revive the poor damn (dead) fish. I watched this exact scene by a beginner fly angler a couple weeks ago, and that's the kind of thing we're trying to help prevent so we can all enjoy these fish in the future.
 
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