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chrisjpainter

Hooks left in a fish's mouth research

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    I can vividly remember watching a wild brown trout removing a size 10 eyed hook from it's top lip, by rubbing it's head, or mouth up and down on a stone. I had caught the fish on a worm in the small brook at the bottom of my Grandfathers garden and an hour or so after I 'lost' it my Grandfather spotted it back in the pool, dislodging the hook. We watched that fish for about 20 minutes before it swam off. Out of curiosity, my Grandfather produced a magnet and some string from his 'shed'. Using a garden cane, the string and magnet, he kept lifting and dropping the magnet all around where we had seen the fish. He eventually 'caught' the hook. I was about 12 years old then, I am mid 70's now, BUT I have never forgotten that lesson. 

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    Nice find Chris!

    Makes me feel better about a couple of fish I`ve lost from the kayak over the past 3-4 years, hope it worked out for them.

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    Very interesting. I never bought into the fact the hook dissolves in a short time, especially those massive ones used for sharks and marlin. It would take years.

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    I seem to remember similar research back in the 90s. The lesson from this is that if you're going to let the fish go don't worry about leaving the hook in. Fish are far, far more likely to die from over the-handling and stress caused by someone trying to extract the hook than they are from the hook itself. 

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    A friend lost a salmon a couple of years ago at the net with a line snap, and he was devastated and pretty much stopped fishing for the morning. Will be sure to send him the link. Most of my fishing is wild brownies with barbless, and it is a bad feeling if the tippet snaps, didn't happen this year, but the one before I had real trouble with tippet, ended up trying three brands before I was happy. But from the sound of things, not as bad as it could be, thanks for the share

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