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A Study On The Impacts of Various Fish Handling Techniques

As avid bass anglers, we all strive to be good conservationists while minimizing our impact on fisheries. At the same time, however, we also want to show off our catches to our friends and family. This leads us to a prominent question that has been at the center of many spirited debates: What, if any, physical impact does holding a bass have on its jaw?

There isn’t much scientific research on this topic, which currently leaves anglers and biologists very little basis for making recommendations. We want to begin to change that.

To gain a better understanding of this issue and learn exactly what’s happening to the jaw when held at various angles, we teamed up with Steven Bardin, a leading fisheries biologist and owner of Texas Pro Lake Management. Bardin, along with two veterinarians, Dr. Casey Locklear and Dr. Steven Mapel, designed and conducted an experiment to help shed some light on things.

The results and correlating imagery were nothing short of fascinating.

Bardin and his team of veterinarians had very specific criteria for this experiment. In order to judge the effects on overweight, trophy-sized fish without actually harming true trophies, they paid especially close attention to the relative weights of each test subject.

“We wanted to mimic the body shape and anatomy of trophy-sized fish,” Bardin said. “In order to do this, we captured fish using electrofishing on a private lake that I personally manage. We then selected the individuals that weighed between 2 and 6 pounds with a relative weight of 100 to 125 percent.

“Relative weight is a body condition score fisheries biologists use to compare the actual weight of a fish to what it should weigh based on its length. These higher relative weight fish are overweight for their length, giving them the appearance of what we would expect a trophy fish to look like.”

Once the test subjects were captured and their relative weight was calculated, Dr. Locklear and Dr. Mapel of Hat Creek Veterinary Services took detailed radiographs of each bass being held in four common positions.

Each fish was radiographed in the order described above to ensure any damage on the jaw would be cumulative based on the potential increase in stress at each position. The veterinarians then examined the radiographs of each position, looking for any noticeable breaks in jaw bones, with an emphasis on the dentary bones that make up the bottom jaw.

What did we see?

Based on the radiographic images, the veterinarians did not observe any broken bones in the lower jaw after being held in any position. After further discussion with the team of veterinarians, they explained that broken bones are not as probable as soft tissue injuries in this situation.

“The excess weight and pressure being applied to the jaw is not resulting in one bone location taking all the stress,” Dr. Locklear said. “Instead, the entirety of the lower jaw bones, joints and other soft tissue areas tend to absorb the stress. The weakest parts of the jaw are actually the soft tissue areas, not the bones.”

What Happens When You Hold a Bass?

The absence of broken bones is certainly a good thing, but were there any other soft tissue injuries that occurred?

“There is very little reference material or studies regarding soft tissue injuries in a bass jaw, so we carefully attempted to isolate specific joints and bone junctions (symphysis) that were potential locations for injury,” Bardin said. “These areas of interest are places where excessive pressure would likely be applied or over-flexion or over-extension of the joint could occur. Potential areas of concern in the lower jaw were found to be the mandibular symphysis, located centrally where the left and right dentary bones meet, and the joints where the angular bones and the quadrate meet.

“The mandibular symphysis is not a joint, but a location where two bones meet with cartilage between them. They are not fused like a human’s bottom jaw, so there is slight mobility in this area. I found that each dentary bone could move slightly, but mobility in this area became much greater as we increased the weight of our test subjects.

“When you hold a bass by the lower jaw, you usually place your thumb onto, or to either side of this symphysis, and your fingers fit directly behind it. So in some of the holding positions, you put excess pressure on this area. Professional angler Gary Klein, who I asked to observe the experiment, mentioned he has actually caught fish in the past that had a visible separation of this symphysis.

“In regards to joints, we identified the joint between the angular and quadrate bones as a major concern. This is not the only joint where soft tissue injuries could occur, but it is one the primary joint that controls the opening and closing of the mouth. Essentially, this joint is where the lower jaw meets the rest of the skull. It appears this would be the joint that actually has the greatest likelihood of over-extension.”

Are these soft tissue injuries dangerous or life threatening?

“Due to a lack of industry research, we honestly don’t know how an injury like this affects a fish, nor do we fully understand the recovery period for these injuries,” Bardin said. “For humans, spraining an ankle, dislocating a shoulder or any other soft tissue injury can take a much longer time to repair and recover from than a clean break of a bone. In fact, these injuries can increase the potential for reinjury and, in many cases, cause further instability.

“Fish with these soft tissue injuries will likely swim away and appear completely normal. The questions become: How does a soft tissue injury in the jaw affect the ability of the fish to properly capture forage? Is the injury more likely to reoccur in the future? Does the fish feel the effects of the injury long-term or possibly forever?”

What Happens When You Hold a Bass?
(Photo: Steven Bardin)

It’s also important to understand the impact that the fish’s size had on a potential injury. According to Bardin, there was definitely a correlation between the two.

“It did appear that there was a direct correlation between the size of the fish and the probability of a soft tissue injury,” Bardin said. “The jaw of the largest fish we radiographed actually made an audible ‘pop’ when it was placed into the exaggerated vertical position. Following the study, this fish also had visible laxity in the mandibular symphysis that I would consider to be abnormal. This damage was not observed in smaller fish nor did they have the same pliability in the jaw that the larger fish did.”

The use of a fish grip or hanging scale

What Happens When You Hold a Bass?
(Photo: Steven Bardin)

“I personally use a hanging fish scale with a clip when weighing fish on my electrofishing boat,” Bardin said. “I’d never want to do something that has a negative effect on my clients’ fish. Thankfully, we found that in most positions, a fish grip or hanging scale with a clip was beneficial because it was difficult to put additional pressure on the fish’s joints while holding them vertically. The clips actually act as a pivot point, so as the fish move on the scale, it takes much of the pressure and force off of the jaw.”

Important takeaways from this study

  • Larger fish do require an increased emphasis on proper fish handling, by supporting their weight with a second hand.
  • Applying too much pressure to soft tissue areas can cause damage. Many state agencies claim anything greater than any angle that deviates 10 percent or more from vertical or horizontal has the potential to damage the jaw.
  • Holding fish with a fish grip or by a hanging scale is beneficial.
  • The recommendation that it is acceptable to hold fish horizontally with a second hand supporting its weight or completely vertical is still valid and supported by our research.
  • Holding fish vertically with the weight of the fish being placed on the jaw in an exaggerated fashion is not acceptable.
  • Injured fish will likely swim away and appear completely normal.
  • Long-term affects of soft tissue injuries are currently unknown.

What’s next?

What Happens When You Hold a Bass?
(Photo: Steven Bardin)

As an industry, we certainly need to expand this research by looking at both the short and long-term effects of possible soft tissue injuries to the jaw. How does this affect feeding and the ability of these fish to compete? Do the fish have a lifelong injury or higher potential for reinjury?

In the meantime, it’s important to do everything we can to care for these trophy bass for the short time they’re in our possession. Although the fish may swim away normally, it’s always best to err on the side of caution and handle these fish the best way we know how.

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2017 HUGE Bass Championship Presented by Yamaha Underway

 

Presented by Yamaha

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Jupiter, Florida October 3, 2017 The HUGE Bass Championship is comprised of 64 anglers. Anglers are currently fishing to catch that long lunker bass to advance them to the next round in this head to head length contest. All anglers will be video measuring bass on a custom tournament Release Ruler. With $1000 on the line for first place we are excited to see what these anglers reel in. The tournament lasts from September 30, 2017 until December 22, 2017.

There are prizes for the top 3 anglers in the head to head bracket. There are also 6 other categories to fish for.

  • HUGE Bass Champion – Longest Measured Bass of the Tournament
  • Most Bass Caught Overall – The angler that catches the most bass (17” min.)
  • Longest Combined 3 Bass – The angler that has the longest 3 bass combine
  • Longest Bass per Round – The angler that measures the longest bass per round
  • Most Bass per Round – The angler that catches the most bass per round
  • WEE Bass – The Angler that measures the smallest bass

The Anglers in the HUGE Bass Championship live in 13 different states and Canada. They range in age from 10 to 60 years old.   In order to create the most level playing field the states with the most comparable size bass were grouped together and then drawn at random to fill the 64 angler bracket.   All of the anglers most follow a few simple guide lines while posting video measurement of their catch. With the ruler being uniform and specific to the event it makes the measuring process simple and easy.

All tournament updates can be found on the HUGE Bass Championship Facebook Group.

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Summer Muskie Tips

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Musky activity peaks in late summer, as warm water temperatures drive these apex predators to feed opportunistically on abundant natural forage, and to aggressively chase anglers’ baits. Full-time musky devotees frequently drop their paychecks on custom topwaters and giant multi-blade bucktails, study the moon and sun charts, and target trophy waters to get their summer musky fix. Then, there are the rest of us: anglers with families and jobs, who split limited fishing time among several different target species swimming in convenient locations. For us, the musky bug has yet to take complete hold. Nevertheless, we still enjoy the chase, and revel in its success as we lift muskies from the big Frabill net, snap a quick photo and send Esox back to the depths. How can we enjoy consistent summer musky success, without devoting our entire existence to catching them? For me, modern technology levels the playing field, and puts summer muskies in the boat when I’m not chasing river smallmouth, cleaning the cabin gutters or pulling the kids on the tube. Here are four “tech tips” to help you hoist more warm weather muskies this season.

2. Use your eyes, too. Nothing beats visual confirmation of the new micro-spot that you’ve just identified electronically with your fish finder. One of the most powerful and versatile tools in my fish finding arsenal, for both soft and hard water, is my Aqua-Vu HD 700i underwater camera system. A high-definition perspective on the underwater world, courtesy of Aqua-Vu’s high quality optics, allows me to fish with confidence, knowing that I am indeed targeting the right areas for the right fish. Beyond using the Aqua-Vu camera to probe structure, I frequently rely on the same system to confirm the identities of fish that sonar reveals in these same areas. On many of the lakes I frequent, muskies rely on young panfish and related species for summer forage; visually identifying snack-sized sunnies and crappies with my Aqua-Vu camera tells me that the buffet is set for Esox.1. Pick your spots. First, get away from the shoreline. You’ll encounter more quality summer muskies on mid-lake structure than you will back in the shallow bays where you found them in the early part of the season. I gravitate toward humps and bars out on the main basin, and rely on the wind to help me pick my spots. Prime locations are long bars that run perpendicular to that day’s prevailing wind. Barren sand bars will be, you guessed it, devoid of fish. Rocks for cover are good. Weeds are better. Sprinkle a few big boulders along a weedy bar or concentrated right on its tip, and you’ve got a winner! A modern fish finder equipped with side-scanning sonar technology is your friend here, eliminating dead water and putting you on prime musky spots, faster.


4. Get your Mojo on. Technique-specific rods are all the rage. I admit to having rods in my walleye collection that I only use for rigging, others only for corking, and still others for each of a variety of jig-based presentations. My musky rod collection, however, relies on a “generalist” rather than a host of specialist rods. The rod that I reach for, every time, is my eight-foot Mojo Musky (MM80MHF) from St. Croix Rod. Relying on a generalist rod doesn’t mean that I have to compromise on features or functionality. Whether I’m slow rolling a spinnerbait through the weeds, going over the top of the weeds with a Cowgirl, or riding the waves with a topwater, my Mojo Musky handles each presentation with the precision and toughness that summer muskies demand. The Mojo Musky’s eight-foot length allows me to transition into a figure 8 with ease, and the modest weight of the rod doesn’t leave me fatigued after chasing muskies for the day. A hidden bonus? At eight feet in length, this predator powerhouse still fits in my boat’s rod locker, making it convenient to store in the boat all the time, until the Esox hour arrives. My Mojo Musky is an important, final component of my hi-tech solution to the summer musky puzzle.3. String ’em up. Your line and leader are the most intimate, and most critical, connections linking you to your quarry. Stringing up with that cheap black Dacron line collecting dust on the baitshop’s shelf is a recipe for failure. And that 50’s-era wire leader designed to prevent bite offs by toothy Esox is also a significant health hazard to a hooked fish, slicing into flesh and scraping off protective slime during the fight. Twenty-first century technology, championed by passionate, conservation-minded anglers, provides solutions to both of these problems. First, spool up with a modern main line, like Seaguar Threadlock, a 16-strand braid engineered for amazing tensile and impact strength. A smooth casting line that effortlessly peels off the reel, Seaguar Threadlock features a hollow core, enabling quick attachment to an advanced leader material, like the 100% fluorocarbon Seaguar AbrazX Musky and Pike leader. Advanced by innovators in the musky fishing community, AbrazX Musky and Pike leader is highly abrasion resistant and delivers exceptional tensile and knot strength. While providing successful Musky fishing experiences to the angler, Seaguar Threadlock and AbrazX Musky and Pike leader also have Esox’s welfare in mind, allowing fish to be landed quickly in summer’s heat, and with far fewer leader-induced injuries than ever before.

Summer musky prime time has arrived. This is the time of the season with the musky can truly be an “everyman’s fish”, as for these few weeks, complete devotion to all things Esox is not necessarily required for success. Use these tech tips to level the musky playing field, and be sure to smile for those musky “grip-and-grin” photos that are destined for your desk at work and your social media profile. Those memories will keep the musky flame burning bright until summer returns next year!

About the author

Dr. Jason Halfen owns and operates The Technological Angler, dedicated to teaching anglers to leverage modern technology to find and catch more fish. Let your learning begin at http://www.technologicalangler.com.

   

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Atlantic Cobia Rule Change

New Minimum will be 36-inches

NOAA Fisheries announces a final rule to change the following management measures for Atlantic Cobia (Georgia through New York):

increase the recreational minimum size limit

reduce the recreational bag limit

establish a recreational vessel limit

establish a commercial trip limit

modify the recreational accountability measure

WHEN RULE WILL TAKE EFFECT:

The management measures will be effective September 5, 2017.

WHAT THIS MEANS:

For the Atlantic cobia recreational sector, the minimum size limit will increase from 33 inches fork length to 36 inches fork length.

The recreational bag limit will be modified to one fish per person per day, or six fish per vessel per day, whichever is more restrictive.

The rule will also modify the accountability measure for the recreational sector. If the recreational and total catch limits (commercial and recreational combined) are exceeded, NOAA Fisheries will reduce the vessel limit, and if necessary, shorten the following season.

For the Atlantic cobia commercial sector, the rule will implement a commercial trip limit of two fish per person per day, or six fish per vessel per day, whichever is more restrictive.

This final rule is the result of Framework Amendment 4 recommended to NOAA Fisheries by the Gulf of Mexico and South Atlantic Fishery Management Councils.

These actions are expected to reduce the likelihood of exceeding the recreational and commercial Atlantic cobia catch limits in future years.

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Did you know you can mount a muskie without killing it?

The studio of Lax Reproductions is walled with trophy fish, mostly muskies, that are still swimming in the lakes where they were caught.

While they appear as natural as any traditional piece of taxidermy — scales, eyes, teeth like X-Acto knives — the mounts aren’t the actual fish but plastic replicas, based on measurements and photographs taken during the few adrenaline-injected minutes spent with a fish of a lifetime. The fish was released; months later, the replica was completed.

This is the norm today in muskie fishing, a realm of strict possession limits (54 inches is the statewide minimum keeper size in Minnesota) and a pervasive culture of catch-and-release intended to protect the larger but less-common cousins of northern pike. The result is a time-consuming, often pricey passion where the goal is not a fish fry, but the thrill of a rod-and-reel battle with an acrobatic, 50-pound torpedo which they will — following high-fives, measurements and photos — promptly release back into the water whence it came.

With the approach of fall — trophy muskie season — anglers casting big lures for big fish will be heading out on lakes from the metro to northwest Ontario knowing that if they want a keepsake muskellunge, they’ll have to commission someone to make a replica.

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Best Practices for Catch and Release Fishing

Catch and Release Fishing

release ruler fish_billfishFishing is an incredible sport, hobby, and way of life for many people. In recent years, it has become less about survival and more about fun. There is an issue of fish becoming depleted and many anglers are now employing the practice of catch and release fishing. Catch and release fishing is a great theory, but many people are doing it incorrectly and as a result many fish are dying.  A few steps should be followed when trying to catch and release a fish. This is at the heart of our Release Ruler product.

Once you get the hang of how to do it correctly, you will be able to enjoy your hobby and keep the population of fish full in your favorite stream, lake, or ocean.

The best place to start is with the hooks you use. A fish that has a hole through its mouth is going to be more likely to survive than a fish with a hole in its lung or gill. If you happen to hook a fish in the gut, the best thing to do is to cut off the hook as much as you can then release the fish. Many times the hook will dissolve and the fish will spit it out, but they can also live with a rusted hook hanging from them. Whatever you do, do not tug on your line to pull a hook out or you will severely hurt the fish. If you are able to easily remove the hook, use a pair of needle nose pliers. The process of pulling the hook out is easier if you remove the barbs from the hooks, but try not to wiggle while you pull the hook out. Offshore folks love the circle hook.

Fish are obviously unable to survive outside of the water. Therefore, the longer that it takes you to release them, the more it becomes as if you are suffocating them. The way that a fish is gripped when out of the water will make a big difference. For instance, avoid touching a fishes body with your bare hands. The most ideal place to grab many fish is inside the gills. This way makes it very easy to take the hook out and it enables the fish from biting you. The fish have a slimy protective coat that will be stripped if you touch them with your hands. If you have to touch a fish, make sure that your hands are wet. You may want to wear gloves to protect your hands from cuts or permeating fish smells.

Part of the fun in fishing is to play out the fish. The struggle can be what some anglers wait all day to do. Fish are like humans; when they work out, they build up lactic acid. When you are fighting a fish, they are fighting too. Just like when someone works his or her body out and it feels sore, a fish experiences the same thing. The build up of lactic acid can be toxic to a fish even days later. Therefore, if you are going to practice catch and release, try to keep the struggle to a minimum.

Try not to let a fish flop around when you catch them. A fish that flops around can bruise or damage its internal organs, causing them to die later from the injuries that are incurred. You can also revive a fish if you need to do so. A fish is likely to run out of oxygen and pass out, so to speak. In order to revive a fish, you place the fish in the water with their belly down and gently grasp their tail. Start to slowly move their tail back and forth until they give you the signal that they are ready to take off into the water. Sometimes you will need to repeat the process more than once, but don’t let a fish go until they are ready. A fish that is not ready to swim could get carried away and swept into rocks or embankment and cause serious injury.

More than anything, when you are practicing catch and release, have everything ready to go. Make sure that your camera, pliers, gloves, and Release Rulers are in reaching distance. Try to take the precautions necessary to preserve fish and one of America’s favorite pastimes.

Have you seen the Release Ruler Fish Gripper yet? It’s a great tool to hold your fish safely.

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  • Unique jaw design – holds the lip of the fish
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The Release Ruler Fish Gripper is a new fishing accessory added to the Release Ruler brand. Designed to help anglers successfully land a fish with minimal stress. Easy to use handles help secure a fish’s lower jaw making the fish more controllable when caught and released.

  • Over center locking – grip to lock, flip to open
  • Unique jaw design – holds the lip of the fish
  • Durable materials – plastic and stainless steel
  • High viz color – easy to see, day or night
  • Wrist lanyard – in case it slips
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45-Pound Tarpon Travels Over 400 Miles in a Month

A fish tagged in the Florida Keys was reported off Port Orange, in northeast Florida, less than a month later.

Bonefish & Tarpon Trust began to acoustically tag tarpon this past May in an effort to expand on knowledge of tarpon habitat use and movement at different life stages. We just received report of the first tarpon detection from BTT’s acoustic tarpon tagging program, and it has provided fascinating new insight on tarpon movement.

Helios is an approximately 45-pound tarpon sponsored by Perk Perkins, CEO of The Orvis Company. It was caught on a live crab and tagged in late May in the Lower Florida Keys by BTT scientists from UMass Amherst and Carleton University, and was the second fish ever tagged as part of the program.

This underscores the importance of acoustic tagging to provide new insight into tarpon movement and habitat use during different life stages, and will provide information that is critical to BTT’s conservation efforts. Stay tuned for more recaptures and fascinating new insights on these amazing creatures; www.btt.org

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Quick Tips For a Healthier Largemouth Bass Release

nick_bass2_c A great article from the Fishing Wire about keeping your bass healthy includes:

Quick Tips:
“Waters offers anglers other tips to keep a largemouth bass alive:

Wet your hands before you touch a fish;
Return the fish quickly to the water if you do not plan to keep it or place it in a livewell; and,
Use a knotless nylon or rubber-coated net instead of a knotted nylon net.

Anglers participating in fishing tournaments can minimize fish mortality by maintaining healthy oxygen and water quality in their livewells. A few ways to do this are:

Knowing the capacity of the livewell and not exceeding a ratio of more than 1 pound of bass per gallon of water;
Running a recirculating pump continuously if more than 5 pounds of bass are in the livewell;
Using aerators or oxygen-injection systems to keep the water’s oxygen level above 5 parts per million (ppm); and
Keeping livewell water about 5 degrees below the reservoir or river temperature by adding block ice.”

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First Muskie Catch-and-Release Record Set in Minnesota

muskie record fishFirst state muskie catch-and-release record set; flathead mark bested record catch and release muskie

It may be called “the fish of 10,000 casts” but on June 25 it took five casts for an angler to set Minnesota’s first catch-and-release state record for muskellunge.

Andrew Slette of Hawley was fishing with a top-water lure when he hooked the huge muskie that measured 56-7/8 inches long with an estimated girth of 25-1/2 inches on Pelican Lake in Otter Tail County. Fishing with him was Josh Karch, who not only witnessed the record, but also himself caught and released a 52-inch muskie and one smaller muskie that day.

“We now have our first muskie catch-and-release state record, and it certainly sounds like it came out of a memorable day of fishing for both these anglers,” said Mike Kurre, who manages the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources’ record fish program.

Anglers can set state records for certified weight for most fish species, or catch-and-release length for muskie, lake sturgeon and flathead catfish. Guidelines differ for each type of record and application forms are available at www.mndnr.gov/recordfish.

In addition to the DNR’s record program, anglers have the option to participate in the Minnesota Fishing Hall of Fame’s Master Angler Program, which recognizes 60 fish species. Information about that program is available at www.fishinghalloffamemn.com/master-anglers.

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  • Designed to aid photo & release
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