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Old 09-16-2008, 05:27 PM
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It wouldn't have survived, why leave such an awesome fish to turn over and die. Some boater would pass by and see a big white fish laying in the weeds and think "Holy crap." And if anything, it IS a renewable resource, they repopulate, and the 16 inchers you let go will be this size come next spring.
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Old 09-16-2008, 05:38 PM
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I usually try and hold their mouth open and pull them so that water goes through their gills (when you hold them out of the water too long, they pass out for lack of oxygen) and if that doesn't work after a few passes, they're a goner. Sounds like you did the best thing and if you made a mistake, it happens.
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Old 09-16-2008, 05:43 PM
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I stood where that picture was taken, holding him by the tail and moving him back and forth in a current. I let go a few times, and he would just roll over and float back to me. I HATE the way trout tastes, and hate cleaning them, so I took all the means necessary to get him back in the water but it just wasn't gonna happen.
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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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Old 09-19-2008, 05:34 PM
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We didn't have that kind of time. They had started generating and the water was starting to pick up. I would have loved to see her swim away, but it just wasn't gonna happen.
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