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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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Pike & Muskie Ruler

$19.99

The original Pike & Muskie Ruler is the highest quality ruler on the market today.

    • PORTABLE – This ruler is lightweight, flexible and easy to use. Put it in your backpack or stow it in a boat compartment. Roll up it up and use when needed.
    • ACCURATE – Our UV coated printing process produces true to scale rulers. The PVC vinyl material is dimensionally stable.
    • FISH SCALE – A bonus feature is the patented weight estimation based on the growth scale for Pike & Muskie. No other ruler offers this innovation.
    • VIVID COLORS – our award winning graphic design offers fisherman the quickest ruler measurement, highest fish to ruler contrast and the best option for catch, photo and release.
    • I.D. – Includes biological Pike & Muskie images for easy identification
    • Perfect Fishermans Gift
    • Made in USA
    • 2 x 55-inches
    • 100% Satisfaction Guaranteed

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The award winning Pike & Muskie ruler is a must have for any fisherman. The ruler is made from durable PVC which is tear-resistant and easy to stow. All of our rulers are dimensionally stable or in other words, true to scale. Release Rulers are also patented as the only ruler to provide weight and length estimates specific to each species on the ruler. You will simply not find a higher quality ruler with this much information on the market today. Do you have any questions please e-mail us at info@releaseruler.com All of our rulers are backed by a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee.

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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.

Have tips and best practices for catch and release fishing? Let us know in the comments!

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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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Largemouth Bass Ruler: Wide Series

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The original Largemouth Bass: Wide Series ruler is the highest quality ruler on the market today. The Wide Series is the super 3-inch wide x 30-inch long ruler for those of you who like a little more ruler under your fish.

  • PORTABLE – The Largemouth Bass ruler is lightweight, flexible and easy to use. Put it in your backpack or stow it in a boat compartment. Roll up it up and use when needed.
  • ACCURATE – Our UV coated printing process produces true to scale rulers. The PVC vinyl material is dimensionally stable unlike other  cheaply made rulers which are not accurate.
  • FISH SCALE – A bonus feature on our rulers is the patented weight estimation based on the growth scale for bass. No other ruler offers this innovation.
  • HUGE – The HUGE ZONE is the holy grail for a really big bass. It’s what fishing dreams are made of.
  • VIVID COLORS – our award winning graphic design offers fisherman the quickest ruler measurement, highest fin to ruler contrast and the best option for catch, photo and release.
  • Perfect Fishermans Gift
  • Made in USA
  • 3 x 32-inches
  • 100% Satisfaction Guaranteed

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The Largemouth Bass Ruler – Wide Series by Release Ruler is similar to our other Bass Ruler but the Pro Series is 3-inches wide. The Wide Series is designed with contrasting color combinations to provide accurate, easily readable measurements. As a bonus you get the patented length based weight scale and the ultimate HUGE zone. The ruler is durable PVC coated vinyl designed to stand up to the toughest conditions. The Largemouth Bass Pro Series Ruler measures 3” x 32″. 100% Satisfaction Guaranteed. Don’t tell a fish story about your big trophy bass- show your friends and family a Release Ruler fish story. 100% Satisfaction Guarantee. E-mail us with any questions- info@releaseruler.com

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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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Pike & Muskie Ruler

$19.99

The original Pike & Muskie Ruler is the highest quality ruler on the market today.

    • PORTABLE – This ruler is lightweight, flexible and easy to use. Put it in your backpack or stow it in a boat compartment. Roll up it up and use when needed.
    • ACCURATE – Our UV coated printing process produces true to scale rulers. The PVC vinyl material is dimensionally stable.
    • FISH SCALE – A bonus feature is the patented weight estimation based on the growth scale for Pike & Muskie. No other ruler offers this innovation.
    • VIVID COLORS – our award winning graphic design offers fisherman the quickest ruler measurement, highest fish to ruler contrast and the best option for catch, photo and release.
    • I.D. – Includes biological Pike & Muskie images for easy identification
    • Perfect Fishermans Gift
    • Made in USA
    • 2 x 55-inches
    • 100% Satisfaction Guaranteed

Description

The award winning Pike & Muskie ruler is a must have for any fisherman. The ruler is made from durable PVC which is tear-resistant and easy to stow. All of our rulers are dimensionally stable or in other words, true to scale. Release Rulers are also patented as the only ruler to provide weight and length estimates specific to each species on the ruler. You will simply not find a higher quality ruler with this much information on the market today. Do you have any questions please e-mail us at info@releaseruler.com All of our rulers are backed by a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee.

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