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Message Subject: Fish mortality from deep water angling
Tunah1
Posted 12/2/2018 11:09 AM (#116631)
Subject: Fish mortality from deep water angling


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Might be bringing up a discussion that has been covered earlier but am looking for a solution since I have become aware of deep water walleye fishing and fish that need to be released back due to size restrictions. I've seen devices on line for sending fish back down to 30ft or deeper (right after being caught) and also needles for puncturing the fishes bladder. I had been fishing this fall in 36' of water with Lead Core and had a fantastic outing catching a limit of fish with 3 other buddies. The fish in the live well stayed alive but were upside-down due to the bends. If I was to release any of them I was told they had a high mortality rate from being from deep water. Is there a way to release them and not have them die due to the water depth?
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jerry
Posted 12/5/2018 6:31 AM (#116632 - in reply to #116631)
Subject: RE: Fish mortality from deep water angling


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Take 2-3 ounce snap weights and apply them to the pectoral fins of the fish on each side, righting them up. They will sink to the bottom of the livewell and decompress.
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Tunah1
Posted 12/6/2018 5:03 PM (#116633 - in reply to #116631)
Subject: Re: Fish mortality from deep water angling


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That seem much better than sticking the fish with a needle:) Thanks
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