View Full Version : Does it count if I tail-hook em?

03-08-2010, 05:40 PM
Hit Raven Fork today. I caught 6 fish in all. Here are pictures of 4 of them. I will never admit to it again, but the 17 and 19 inch ones were both tail-hooked, but it was a **** good hookset.





03-08-2010, 07:27 PM
You got 'em to hand - they count.

03-08-2010, 07:40 PM

Speck Lover
03-08-2010, 07:57 PM
Don't ask, don't tell. :eek: Nice rainbows tjw37909! :smile:

03-08-2010, 08:35 PM

Smart azzzzzzzzzzz!

03-09-2010, 12:38 AM
Smart azzzzzzzzzzz!

You foul hook any fish, if you can't bring it in directly you BREAK OFF.

Catching one by the tail I bet he was fought for a good while.. screaming reels.. oh yeah.. lot of fun there sonny.

I just wonder how he got them to lay so still on those rocks while he got his camera out and took his photographs?

Smart *** pineman? No I am an ethical fly fisherman.

Snaggers can be proud of their hook-set, should have been more proud of their release.

03-09-2010, 01:10 AM
I've never noticed a difference in time in reeling a fish in between foul hooking and a correct hook set. Maybe it's because I rarely catch a larger fish.

03-09-2010, 09:01 AM
Me either BRF. I would hardly put it with trot lines or jugs. I have foul hooked Bream and Bass and not even known it till I got them boatside.
BTW, Nice fish TJW, looks like another good day!

03-09-2010, 10:08 AM
Thank you guys. I don't mean to offend anyone, but sometimes people get way too serious about posts on here. AKSkim, I believe pineman said smartass because he read in to my post and knew I was being a smartass about tailhooking them. Yes, it was a good fight, but I knew only when I had it in 2 ft of the net that it was tailhooked so I decided to get the size 14 hook out of it, set the camera to take a lot of quick pics ao I could pic out the one where the fish is still, and have it untailhooked, photographed, and back in the water in about 30 seconds. I am not trying to be a jerk, and I hope I did not take your post wrong. Just want anyone who might read future posts to know that if I say anything like that that I constantly joke about stuff, especially when I foul up, and I am not unethical(at least not when it comes to fishing). Speaking of fishing...........I am getting off here and going to Elkmont to see what the wild fish are liking today. Hopefully they are biting so I don't have to tail hook them(joking).

03-09-2010, 10:54 AM
Wish us working folk could join you, TJ! Those were some nice fish!

03-09-2010, 10:54 AM
.. I am getting off here and going to Elkmont to see what the wild fish are liking today. Hopefully they are biting so I don't have to tail hook them(joking).

Good luck TJ

03-09-2010, 11:31 AM
I think I'm going to call it a day and run home to get my fishing stuff and head out also. Not sure where I'm headed, but it'll be somewhere in the park.

03-09-2010, 06:36 PM
Buzz, that was you I stopped and harassed on Litlle River wasn't it? I hope you did better than I did.

03-09-2010, 07:07 PM
... hope you did better than I did.

TJ; that is why it is called fishing.


Better luck next time.

03-09-2010, 07:46 PM
Haha. If only the park allowed treble hooks. I saw a tv show where a guy was fishing for spoonbill, and they actually do just throw a treble hook and yank it acroos the stream until they snag one and pull it in.

03-09-2010, 07:50 PM
At least YOU got out to do some real fishing....

03-09-2010, 07:56 PM
True. I have only been flyfishing since June, and every time I get a little cocky when I have been catching stocked trout I take a trip to LR to get myself knocked back down a peg or two to where I should be.

03-09-2010, 08:35 PM
... get myself knocked back down a peg or two

Don't worry.. the trail heading down the peg board is well marked by many of us...

I fish for Steelhead up in the Great Lakes, and trout on PA spring creeks.

I know more about getting your butt handed to you by them "dumb" fish.

Like any prize fighter, it is how you come up off the canvas that counts.

One lesson learned, the most important cast of the day is the next one.

03-09-2010, 08:59 PM
Buzz, that was you I stopped and harassed on Litlle River wasn't it? I hope you did better than I did.

It was. I'm getting ready to write up a report now. If you ever catch me out there alone, feel free to rig up and join me. I always enjoy the company.

03-09-2010, 10:21 PM
I will do that. Same to you if you ever see me out. Be a red Dodge Ram with a messed up back bumper. Looks like you wound up catching some nice fish.

03-10-2010, 09:27 AM
It's catch and release. Nothing implied as to how you catch them, even accidently.

03-10-2010, 01:24 PM
I have to admit, any time I foul hook a fish I'm a little bummed. It's always nice to bring a fish in and know that I've 'caught' one, but I always wonder why the hook isn't in the mouth...did I miss the initial strike and set the hook too late or did my hook just happen to snag the fish...unless it was a topwater strike, I never really know. Just my personal opinion...

03-10-2010, 02:31 PM
I got no beef with foul hooking. I fish in hand is a caught fish! Now, I'm not talking about the practice of "lining" fish that is common on salmon runs... that's another subject all together.