Gut hooked.

Discussion in 'Flathead Catfish' started by SWeiss, Sep 21, 2009.

  1. SWeiss

    SWeiss New Member

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    I had a couple of taps and a short run with a live gill this weekend. I reeled in a bit, and felt nothing so I let the bait stay there.

    When I was leaving I started to reel in and low and behold there was a fish on. When I got it in I realized it was a small flathead, maybe 1-1/2 pounds.

    Well apparently I screwed up because when I looked down his throat all I saw was the tail of my gill sticking out of his stomach and the eye of my 8/0 circle hook.

    I cut the line and released him, figuring MAYBE he would have a chance...

    Damn, I hate when that happens. It still ticks me off that it happened.
     
  2. bnewsom71

    bnewsom71 New Member

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    Ah, don't sweat it man, it just happens sometimes.
     

  3. T Man

    T Man New Member

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    He may make it at least he has a chance
     
  4. Catfish_Scooter

    Catfish_Scooter New Member

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    Anytime a fish is gut hooked the best thing to do IS cut the line, the fish will go right back out and swim, and the hook will rust out. Once completed he will be normal. Things happen bro.. theres plenty more out there. Cant dwell over 1 fish. Its happened to me more than I can count.:wink:
     
  5. mattr

    mattr New Member

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    There is a process you can try next time if you could see any part of the hook. It involves going into the side of the gills, above the last gill and turning the hook. It's hard to explain but I've seen it posted on here with an illustration. Here is something similar, but the version posted on here was a lot clearer.

    http://www.a-guide-to-florida-bass-fishing.com/gut-hook.html
     
  6. USCA-RECLAIMED-ACCOUNT

    USCA-RECLAIMED-ACCOUNT New Member

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    Shit happens Steve.You did the best you could,sooner or later everybodys gonna lose one.:wink:
     
  7. bw69r

    bw69r Well-Known Member

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    good info Matt.
     
  8. indycatman

    indycatman New Member

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    steve stuff like that happens bro i bet everyone on here has had it before no sweat atleast you did do the right thing and cpr and give him a fighting chance to live for the furture
     
  9. Snagged2

    Snagged2 New Member

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    If I guthook one, I harvest it,,, and, it's usually a fairly small one,,1-10 #'s..

    Ever notice the lack of fight in one guthooked? They're sick, hurt, and IMO will not make it.
    I don't use hooks that will rust out in a "few" days. I think folks say that to help other people feel better about sending a carcass back into the water for the turtles...

    to me it's kinda like showing up in the ER with your lawnmower blade stuck through your guts, and the DR says,,, Walk it Off
     
  10. Eich

    Eich New Member

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    Steve,
    First allow me to say tha in reading your post I now consider it more of an honor to share some bank space with you. You have just proven, to me anyway, that your heart is in the right place. This was an accident and that is how you have to look at it my friend. Sooner or later those percentages things that Tan talks about happen-good and bad. Those are just the facts. Don't get down on yourself too badly. :wink: Take care!

    Ray
     
  11. Blacky

    Blacky New Member

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    Flatheads are very tough and hardy fish.

    A hook in the gullet is not gonna kill me unless you try to get your hook back.

    Cut the leader and let them go on their way.:cool2:
     
  12. BubbaCat

    BubbaCat Well-Known Member

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    gut hook could go either way , a judgement call. if you release or keep , just part of the food chain.
     
  13. puppypal

    puppypal New Member

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    Steve it happens to everyone at one point or another. Even this gail with her love to let it go to grow had at least one or two experiances with that. Normally what happens is that the small channel swallow the durn thing and it is near impossible to retrieve it without doing real damage. Also they tend to be bleeding before we get them on the bank. Sad I know.Just last weekend it happened. We tend to keep 3 or 4 lbs for eaters. One was a bit under but he had swallowed the hook to the max! Well we kept him and ended up give it to dad to grill whole. I hate it but sometimes it just happens
     
  14. flatheadslayer

    flatheadslayer New Member

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    thats fishing,it's bound to happen sooner or later.
     
  15. SyKo450

    SyKo450 New Member

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    I'm sure you know what pain in the neck a circle hook can be to remove sometimes...
     
  16. JAinSC

    JAinSC Active Member

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    I have had the same thing happen with small fish this time of year. I guess as it cools down sometimes they eat and then just sit there.

    There is always a chance that a gut-hooked fish will die anyway, even if you gently cut the line and let him go. I can tell you for sure, though, as my old boss used to say, the mortality rate in the cooler is 100%. If you are going to eat some, then take the gut-hooked fish home, but if not, then at least they have a chance...

    We do our best, and that's all we can do.