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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 Release Ruler

$24.99

  • Boat/Kayak friendly
  • Will not dent or ding
  • Lightweight
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  • Premium quality
  • Can fit in a backpack
  • Foldable nose bracket for accurate measurement
  • Provides patented estimated weight
  • Designed to aid photo & release
  • Made in USA
  • 3 x 60-inches
  • 100% Satisfaction
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The contrasting color combinations provide easily readable measurements to decrease time for a quick release.  Photo friendly graphics for photo and release. The Release Ruler is the ruler to measure not only the length of your Pike & Muskie, but also provide the estimated weight based on scientific data for the average sizes of Pike & Muskie. Stop guessing! Use the Release Ruler today. The ruler is a durable PVC coated vinyl which is built to stand up to the toughest fishing conditions. Satisfaction guaranteed.

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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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Tarpon Release Ruler

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  • Never guess the weight again
  • In-water Tarpon ruler
  • Perfect travel companion
  • Durable and lightweight
  • Easy to use
  • Great for video and photography documentation
  • Made in USA
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Estimating Tarpon weight has never been easier using the Original Tarpon Release Ruler. The ruler measure 2″ x 90″ and is made from a durable waterproof PVC coated vinyl and easily stowed in the convenient carrying case. With new regulations prohibiting taking tarpon out of the water, the Release Ruler is the perfect tool to weigh your Tarpon quick and easy. Simply lay the ruler across the tip of snout and identify the fork in tail measurement. That measurement will provide and estimated weight range. If you want to get the weight within a 3-5% probability, simply measure the dorsal girth. Utilizing the modified Babcock 1936 formula(Length x Girth(2)/800= weight and then adding 13% to the overall calculation, you can identify your Tarpon weight. The ruler is a must have for the Tarpon enthusiast. Keep it as a personal Tarpon log for your biggest catch, your first catch or to simply measure a trophy fish for the taxidermist. 2 x 90-inches


 

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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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Pro Series: Largemouth Bass Release Ruler

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  • Graphics designed for photo and release
  • Never guess fish weight again
  • Foldable nose bracket
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  • The perfect gift for any Largemouth Bass Angler
  • Made in the USA
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When you weigh-in at the doctor, we all have an optimal average weight based on height. The same principle applies for the Largemouth Bass Release Ruler. The weights are the benchmark from biological data. The only way to get the exact weight is to measure your Largemouth with a certified scale. Even then you’ll want to measure the overall length of your once in a lifetime fish. You might be lucky enough to reach the HUGE section. The Release Rulers contrasting colors were designed to photograph for an easy to read measurement and allow for a quick release. If needed, the Release Ruler is equipped with a nose bracket- just fold and measure. It’s made of a durable, dimensionally stable, waterproof PVC to be used for many years to come. The ruler rolls up easily in any tackle box or boat and needs no batteries. Don’t tell a fish story about your big trophy bass- show your friends and family a Release Ruler fish story. The Release Ruler measures 3 inches by 32 inches. 100% Satisfaction. E-mail us with any questions- info@releaseruler.com

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