great night fishin turned not so good

Discussion in 'LOCAL KANSAS TALK' started by fishinfreak19D, Aug 8, 2009.

  1. fishinfreak19D

    fishinfreak19D New Member

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    was out on the river today, and was not havin ANY luck at all, after about 4 hrs, i finally get a hit on a rod, half way through the fight my other line goes slack, so i let it go till i got the fish in, 15 lb flatty, i grab my other rod and crank down on it, get that in 22 lb flatty:smile2:, thats the good news, bad news is the 22 was gut hooked so bad, all 10 inches of leader and the swivel were down its throat and the 15 was gut hooked about halfway up the leader:sad2:. now im a big fan of CPR but i wasnt sure if either of em would make it, especially the bigger one. i didnt want em goin to waste and die in the river so i kept them:sad2:. i dunno how gut hooked fish do after they are released, but i use 10/0 hooks and cant imagine a fish survivin with that lodged in thier guts. after that i just called it a night. will post the pics tomorrow mornin.
     
  2. catma

    catma New Member

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    are u kidin me thay will live there tuff as nails
     

  3. indycatman

    indycatman New Member

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    :embarassed::embarassed: jeff catfish will live with hooks in them theyhave a acid in they system take will get rid of the hooks i also use 10/0 gamao not had problem yet
     
  4. River Outlaw

    River Outlaw New Member

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    congrats on the good catches !! i'd have kept the 15 regardless cuz thats what i'll keep up to on flattys. i cpr bigguns too but imo you did fine by keepin em. ya know fer next time.
     
  5. Kansas Tree Rat

    Kansas Tree Rat New Member

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    No reason in the world to not have kept them. I am like you I would rather feed my family than have them feed the turtles and crawdads. CPR is great but you should not be ashamed to keep some fish from time to time no matter what the size or reason. I'm NOT! I say you did the right thing!
     
  6. River Outlaw

    River Outlaw New Member

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    you should at least give 1 to me :smile2::smile2::smile2:
     
  7. CountryHart

    CountryHart New Member

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    I too agree with CPR, but if there is doubt that a fish will die, by all means eat it. Would make me sick to turn a big fish loose and find it floating a couple days later.
     
  8. fishinfreak19D

    fishinfreak19D New Member

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    on another note, the 22 was only 4 inches longer than the 15, but was FAT i cleaned em out and found a 1 1/2 pound little carp in its stomach,, im suprised he was still hungry.... workin on gettin the pics up now
     
  9. Catmanblues

    Catmanblues New Member

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    Had a real nice catch there. If in doult I would keep them also.
     
  10. kansasoutdoors

    kansasoutdoors New Member

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    It is nice to be able to put fish like those back, BUT I agree with most of these guys in that you did the right thing by not letting them go to waste.
     
  11. Grimpuppy

    Grimpuppy New Member

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    If I have any doubt if a fish will live, he goes home with me. You did the right thing. Enjoy the supper.
     
  12. bigd4xman

    bigd4xman New Member

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    No reason to feel bad about keeping a few fish to feed yourself or your family. Doesn't matter what size they are so long as you paid for your fishing license and you caught them legally. I keep just a few every year and take pictures of as many of the rest as I can.
    GOOD LUCK AND HAVE FUN FISHIN'!!!:cool2:
     
  13. Mickey

    Mickey New Member Supporting Member

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    Congrats Jeff on two nice fish. You did the right thing.
     
  14. Katatonik

    Katatonik New Member

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    If they got a punched out eye or are gut hooked, I tend to keep them too.
    Hooked in the gill rakers, I cut the hook shaft as far back as I can reach
    if I remembered the heavy dykes and let the fish go. I believe the hook
    peice that remains will rot out. Hooked in the throat, I can generally
    get that out and I believe that will he will heal from that. All the way
    back in the stomach, I don't believe that he will make it to breed again.
    The hook will punch holes all the way out and I don't think the stomach
    acids will desolve the hook fast enough if at all. I want him to have a
    decent chance to live and live well when I let him loose. If I ever catch
    one blinded on one side by someone else's fish hook I will look him over
    careful and if otherwise healthy, he will swim off just because he has
    proven himself lucky and tough. I like that in a catfish.
     
  15. SGTREDNECK

    SGTREDNECK New Member

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    Congrats on the nice flats. I believe you did the right thing by keeping them, I would have as well. I have caught some fish with hooks in their stomachs. But a 10/0 hook is different. If you throw them back and they swim away you wouldn't know if they die or not.
     
  16. Tuttlecat

    Tuttlecat Active Member

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    Anything that is bleeding not hooked n the mouth will float eventually IMO .......for what it is worth:sad2:
     
  17. Fatman

    Fatman New Member

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    Don't sweat it buddy, I'd have done the same thing. I'd hate to see a fish let go and find it the next day floating, and if some don't like it too bad. Ya paid for a license and you're allowed, besides if we released every fish we caught they get so populated no one would want to go fishing anymore.

    Fatman
     
  18. fishinfreak19D

    fishinfreak19D New Member

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    heres the pic finally
     

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  19. phatboyz

    phatboyz New Member

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  20. Grimpuppy

    Grimpuppy New Member

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    Nice flats Jeff! I would rep ya, but I got to spread it around :sad2:.