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thedeadsea

Split Fins

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Do split/banged up fins affect the health of the fish at all? I caught this 6 lb'er this weekend and it has it's share of scars and splits. Not a great pic but it was just me and my 3 and 4 year old in the boat so I wanted to snap a quick pic and get it back in the lake ASAP.

I've seen lakers with split dorsal fins but nothing like this fish.

Steve

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Not sure the cause for this walleye, but I've seen nets with larger gapped webbing do this to Northern Pike tail fins. I've since picked up a new net with tighter webbing (Frabill Conservation Series) for general purpose use.

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They heal, so not really. It isn't necessarily the net, could be any number of things. I have a single bass in an aquarium and it has still managed to tear it's fins. Not sure how long it takes to heal but I know they do so fairly quickly.

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Could be she was C&R'd already this year as I caught her on a very popular spot.

Steve

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