holding catfish

Discussion in 'LOCAL OHIO TALK' started by stangcrazy85, Dec 31, 2009.

  1. stangcrazy85

    stangcrazy85 New Member

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    dose anyone else hate the way most people hold up mainly flatheads by the gills for pics i see this everywhere i look almost makes me puke just seems there is no respect for the fish or for themselves as anglers
    thanks guys
    Happy new year

    Toby
     
  2. fishinfreak19D

    fishinfreak19D New Member

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    now if the fish is to be kept there aint no problem with it, but if its to be cpr'd, i definitely agree, i never hold em by the gills, i wann make ure its living to fight another day, damging the giils aint a way to do that, i also try not to have it supporting all of its weight hanging by just its jaw.
     

  3. JBrooks

    JBrooks New Member

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    I always hold fish like the one in my avatar. If it's a big flathead, I'll grab him by the lips - but only if we can take the picture fast. I feel this pose shows them off best anyways.
     
  4. ryang

    ryang Well-Known Member

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    I put my thumb in its mouth, I figure I worked hard to finally catch it LOL no matter how big.
     
  5. hunted

    hunted New Member

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    Holding by the gill plate is different from holding them from the gills themselves. I don't like seeing them held like that just cause it could damage the plate in my opinion. I usually hold them from the lower jaw which I guess might cause damage too. Holding them the way jbrooks is in his avatar is probably the best method.
     
  6. kitsinni

    kitsinni New Member

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    I'm sure, or at least I hope, that most people either don't know that they are potentially hurting the fish or think they have a safe technique. I doubt many people are out there trying to hurt the fish, although I have seen it.
     
  7. mr.seaark77

    mr.seaark77 New Member

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    for me its all about the sport i try not to handle the fish no more then i have to and never by the gills i belive in catch and release i hate to see guys take big blues and flatheads out of the river and put them in little ponds and pay lakes it kills me what a waste :sad2:
     
  8. stangcrazy85

    stangcrazy85 New Member

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    right on guys i just needed to xepress my concerns thanks for agreeing
     
  9. catfishfearme

    catfishfearme New Member

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    i don't like seeing it regardless of what kind of fish it is. some times folks just don't think.
     
  10. catman-j

    catman-j New Member

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    I usually hold them up with my fish skinning pliers pinching their bottom lip. I will be buying a fish grip or 2 this year. That seems to be a proper and humane way to do it.
     
  11. flathunter

    flathunter New Member

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    I hold them all just like my avitar pic...I have held them by the lower jaw, but dont like to do it...I had a friend pic a big one up by the lower jaw 40-lber and you could hear the jaw bone breaking.

    I would never pick one up by the gills or gill plate.
     
  12. Catfish_Rob

    Catfish_Rob New Member

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    I think out of the catfish I catch the flatheads are the easiest to hold by the mouth. If you get your hand in its mouth and put your thumb on the bottom, they won't bite down and they are easy to hold. I agree that gill holding is lame - I never want to hurt the fish.
     
  13. Blacky

    Blacky New Member

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    Holding a flathead by it's gill plates is like holding you up by your lungs!

    Support the belly. take a quick pic, and let her go.
     
  14. ryang

    ryang Well-Known Member

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    What if its a boy :smile2: