Guests - If You want access to member only forums on HSO. You will gain access only when you sign-in or Sign-Up on HotSpotOutdoors.

It's easy - LOOK UPPER right menu.

Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0
Scoot

looking for expert info on releasing a fish

11 posts in this topic

OK, not sure if this has been covered or not, but I have a question about releasing a fish. I was told, as most of our members were, that when releasing a fish you should hold a fish in the water upright, and gently rock it back and forth. The back and forth action "runs fresh water over the gills". This always made sense to me and I've always done it that way. However, more recently I've heard a couple times that there's no reason to rock the fish back and forth and that only a few sharks need to "move water over their gills" to get oxygen into their system.

So... my question is this: does rocking a fish back and forth when releasing it actually provide any real benefit to the fish?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I'm not an expert.. But I have even been told that the back and forth action is counter productive, its not natural for the water to go "backwards" through the gills. I do my best to hold the fish upright and let it work the water through its own gills till its ready to go.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I agree with Deitz I wouldn't rock the fish back and forth hold it upright as best as you can it doesn't hurt to rub the stomach just alittle and softly to help the fish out.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

it doesn't hurt to rub the stomach just alittle and softly to help the fish out.

That usually puts me to sleep when the wife does it. laugh

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

If your intention is to really catch and release, having a dedicated high oxygenated live well is very helpful to release of fish. Often times it'll be more oxygenated then the water the fish was just caught on. There's a special liquid (I forget the name) that can be added to help revive the fish too.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

If the fish is of a size that is legal to keep, that would be an option until you are one shy of your limit. I don't agree, but I believe that you can do that legally.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Originally Posted By: hhguide
it doesn't hurt to rub the stomach just alittle and softly to help the fish out.

That usually puts me to sleep when the wife does it. laugh

Thats Funny!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Originally Posted By: hhguide
it doesn't hurt to rub the stomach just alittle and softly to help the fish out.

That usually puts me to sleep when the wife does it. laugh

TMI!!!! TMI!!!! smirk

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Originally Posted By: Sandmannd
Originally Posted By: hhguide
it doesn't hurt to rub the stomach just alittle and softly to help the fish out.

That usually puts me to sleep when the wife does it. laugh

TMI!!!! TMI!!!! smirk

Yep!!! There are just some things we don't need to know blush

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

You mean just tossing them over the other side of the boat doesn't count????

grin I'm just kidding, best rule of thumb, just be nice. grin

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I watched a show on TV years ago that was trolling for muskie on the Great Lakes. They caught a lot of them. What they did sounded goofy when I first saw it, but now I do it the same way for all but really big fish (though I don't catch many of those, haha!). The hold it by tail and under head (gently) and basically just slide it quickly head first straight down into the water.

I do the same now for bass, pike, walleyes, even panfish. Just sldie it back in head first, quite fast. Every single one takes off when it hits the water and goes straight down.

The guides/pros/hosts/whatever who were on the show said that the fast rush of water over their gills (the right way) sort of wakes them up, and they are already headed back down to the cooler water which also helps. It does get cooler even a couple feet under the surface.

So, not sure if this is best or not, but try it and see. We have even waited to watch for pike or small muskies or walleyes after doing this, to see if they come back up, and haven't seen one yet. Not saying they all go in p-erfect condition, but we have had to go and pick up fish that we "rocked back and forth" in the past, but never one we slid back in. Maybe they just died deeper... :| but I don't think so, hope not.

Good luck,

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Guest
This topic is now closed to further replies.
Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0



  • Posts

    • I apologize if that came out wrong. The idea might very well be the best route to go. It's just that over the past 25 years or so I have seen many attempts to save a dollar that cost a buck and a half to do lol.    Here are my two cents. If you have a slab and you want to pour on top of it while keeping the same footprint that sounds pretty doable and could probably save some money if you don't have to change drain lines, run water, heat runs, electrical etc into the slab.   If you intend to tie into the existing slab and run zones of pex across the joint and have the new and old floors end up at the same elevation it still can be done. Some contractors will not want to mess with tying into and raising the elevation of the slabs and will prefer to start from scratch especially if you as the homeowner want them to warranty the finished product.  The critical thing would be to use enough rebar drilled into the old slab and have enough compaction and sufficient footings to make sure the slabs stay where they are without settling. That would make all kinds of problems with the pex.    Hopefully that response came across better.
    • It'll be interesting to see if the team plays a little harder in front of a different goalie. 
    • Hawg, I'm with you on this one !
    • Check and see if you have a video output on you device. You may be able to record to a digital device.
    • Just use plain old spray paint in a can. I've done it many many times and seems to stick really nice. Nothing special either I can't even tell you the brand because I have no clue. But as mentioned doing 2-3 light coats helps.
    • no expert here, but heat doesn't rise. heat radiates in the direction of least resistance (R value). warm air or water rises because it is less dense than colder air or water.  If you don't insulate you will be heating the ground under your cabin and the earth is a very large heat sink $$$. get some info from an expert in the radiant field as far as tube diameter, spacing, water temp, manifolds, length of runs, and so on. it varies on amount of windows (solar) ceiling height and room type (bed, bath, living area,  storage etc.). once you pour over the tubing you get to live with it. I did my own Home 15 years ago and got some good advise (wish I would have taken it all)
    • Sonar works from above, cameras need to be submerged. What am I missing here?
    • I've also had good luck spray painting PVC.  Biggest thing I found is to do lots of light coats, the PVC makes the paint want to run in a hurry.
    • I believe you can do this with the Lowrance HDS 9 and above.
    • I'll go with another loss in overtime.
  • Our Sponsors