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December 8th, 2005

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Much nicer weather, if you can call low tweenies nice. 9-10:30. Hardly any wind. A slight breeze once in awhile. Sun peaked through the clouds on and off but mostly on. Add 11 bass to the total. Forget 70, I'm going for 100! I'm at 45 for December.

Saw something interesting today when I pulled up one of them bass. I noticed a frickin huge red hook embedded deep in his mouth. I think it was a 1/0 wide gap. I couldn't believe he was alive and hunting down food. I was wondering how fish could survive with a hook in it's throat but this fish proved to me that cutting the line is sometimes the best option in saving a fish. :wink:
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I found this online...

Given that these fish can dissolve the hooks relatively easily, the best method for releasing becomes obvious. I cut the line or leader off the hook as close to the eye as possible. Fish hooked in the gills are less likely to survive, but leaving the hook in place is far better than trying to remove it. Fisheries biologists confirm that the survival rate is extremely high if we simply leave the hook and cut the line.

Did you ever notice that fish hooked in the mouth area or in the stomach area never bleed? Bleeding fish will invariably be hooked in the gills, where their blood flows to gather oxygen from the water. The mouth area does not bleed. Fish are constantly being poked and stuck during their normal course of feeding. Larger fish, feeding on smaller fish are constantly being stuck in the mouth area with dorsal and anal fins - and painlessly, I might add. A hook is simply another fin to them.

Once the line is cut, I will make sure their air bladder has not been distended. If it has, a small puncture with a needle or the point of a hook will allow the pressure to equalize, and they can then swim back to the bottom.

Handle the fish as little as possible and make this a quick return to the water.
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I was actually going to do some research on this but now I don't. Thanks for sharing. The life of the fish is worth way more than the price of a hook.
Btw, I started to go barbless for the sake of the fish. A little more challenging landing the fish but it's what makes it more fun too. Makes removing the hook a thousand times easier and less strenuous on the fish. These aren't trophy bass so I'll live if I lose a few.
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