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kschaefer3  
#11 Posted : Friday, May 10, 2013 11:31:10 AM(UTC)
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You are half correct at I was getting at. My apologies for not being more clear. I agree that it is fine to handle these species by the gill plate. However lifting them and or holding them vertically by just the gill plate is a certain way to cause damage to the fish.

I have never heard that about holding fish vertically. Can you explain why this causes damage to the fish?
Confluence  
#12 Posted : Friday, May 10, 2013 12:48:17 PM(UTC)
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Excerpt from an article on proper C&R technique:



"If you catch a large fish be SURE you hold the fish horizontally. This includes largemouth bass in particular, but also catfish, northern pike and muskies, walleye, salmon and trout. Large fish should never be lifted vertically by the jaw or gill plate. They have lived their life in suspension, and a vertical hold can tear their internal organs, viscera, and dislocate their spine. For a horizontal photo of the fish, wet your other hand (not holding the mouth or jaw) and support the fish under the belly to take the stress off the jaw and internal organs.
As a matter of repetition, the best thing for large fish is to keep them in the water."



Here is link to the article: http://www.recycledfish.org/saf...ng/catch-and-release.htm
kschaefer3  
#13 Posted : Friday, May 10, 2013 12:56:07 PM(UTC)
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Thanks, Confluence! The only fish I hold by the gill plate are large pike and musky. Both of which I c&r. Good to know how to keep them in the best health for their return home.
minnphatts  
#14 Posted : Friday, May 10, 2013 4:15:14 PM(UTC)
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Confluence wrote:
Excerpt from an article on proper C&R technique:



"If you catch a large fish be SURE you hold the fish horizontally. This includes largemouth bass in particular, but also catfish, northern pike and muskies, walleye, salmon and trout. Large fish should never be lifted vertically by the jaw or gill plate. They have lived their life in suspension, and a vertical hold can tear their internal organs, viscera, and dislocate their spine. For a horizontal photo of the fish, wet your other hand (not holding the mouth or jaw) and support the fish under the belly to take the stress off the jaw and internal organs.
As a matter of repetition, the best thing for large fish is to keep them in the water."



Here is link to the article: http://www.recycledfish.org/saf...ng/catch-and-release.htm


I'm totally cool with the best practices stated above, and generally try to follow them, but it doesn't seem to cover the part where you snatch them from their homes and stab them in the mouths with sharp, often barbed objects? That certainly can't be good for them!

I say we all go golfing!
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LenH  
#15 Posted : Saturday, May 11, 2013 4:41:15 PM(UTC)
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The correct way to hold pike is

One hand on each side of the plate.
ilikefood  
#16 Posted : Saturday, May 11, 2013 7:40:02 PM(UTC)
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Len, did you remove the pesky "y" bones?
What was big was not the trout, but the chance. What was full was not my creel, but my memory.
- Aldo Leopold, A Sand County Almanac, p. 40 (Oxford University Press, 1949).
LenH  
#17 Posted : Sunday, May 12, 2013 5:06:46 AM(UTC)
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ilikefood wrote:
Len, did you remove the pesky "y" bones?


sister is pike cleaner...
found no bones
LenH  
#18 Posted : Sunday, May 12, 2013 3:08:01 PM(UTC)
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The big girl rolled on my lures twice today.

Going after her again tomorrow.

Gave pike to a kid that was there fishing.

dcarcher  
#19 Posted : Monday, May 13, 2013 8:15:20 AM(UTC)
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Nice fish!
kschaefer3  
#20 Posted : Monday, May 13, 2013 8:28:13 AM(UTC)
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minnphatts wrote:

I'm totally cool with the best practices stated above, and generally try to follow them, but it doesn't seem to cover the part where you snatch them from their homes and stab them in the mouths with sharp, often barbed objects? That certainly can't be good for them!

I say we all go golfing!

LOL This is great!
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