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Old 09-19-2008, 10:16 AM
mkctn mkctn is offline
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Trey--it sounds like you tried to do the right thing, but fish that big require different tactics because they build up a lot of lactic acid during the struggle. sometimes it can take 30-45 minutes to revive a fish that size. if you want to practice catch and release (which it sounds like you do) you have to be prepared to spend the time. you shouldn't "let go" of the fish--wait until they are strong enough to really kick their tail to get out your hands. otherwise they will go belly up, as yours did. keep them pointing upstream and be patient. they will generally (but not always) survive.
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