Hey guys, here are some articles I've read that I think are worth sharing. Please post them up here if you have some you'd like to share. From: http://saltfishing.about.com/od/catchandrelease/a/aa040630a.htm Survival rates are higher than most people think The Issue Most of the fish we catch are hooked in the mouth. However, many times fish are caught with the hook buried in their stomach or gills. We call that being "gut hooked". Lots of people like to release their catch and sometimes they don't know how when the hook is buried so deep. Ive watched people rip the hook out of a fish, insuring that it will not survive. Ive seen people keep fish they ordinarily would have released had the fish not been hooked so deep. Conservation of the resource dictates we find a way to release as many of these fish in as healthy a state as possible. The Acid Test All fish have a built in mechanism that will help them survive a hook. The larger the fish, the better the mechanism. Their body fluids contain a substance that can literally dissolve a hook within a matter of days. I have caught a number of large fish wherein an imprint of a hook can be seen inside their mouth cavity. The hook is gone dissolved but the outline is still there. Ive cleaned fish and found the same thing in their stomach lining. Biologists I have interviewed in the past have provided me with data indicating the high acid content that dissolves the hook. The Release Process Given that these fish can dissolve the hooks relatively easily, the best method for releasing becomes obvious. I cut the line or leader off the hook as close to the eye as possible. Fish hooked in the gills are less likely to survive, but leaving the hook in place is far better than trying to remove it. Fisheries biologists confirm that the survival rate is extremely high if we simply leave the hook and cut the line. Did you ever notice that fish hooked in the mouth area or in the stomach area never bleed? Bleeding fish will invariably be hooked in the gills, where their blood flows to gather oxygen from the water. The mouth area does not bleed. Fish are constantly being poked and stuck during their normal course of feeding. Larger fish, feeding on smaller fish are constantly being stuck in the mouth area with dorsal and anal fins and painlessly, I might add. A hook is simply another fin to them. Handle the fish as little as possible and make this a quick return to the water. Summary In the future, take the time to allow a fish to live to fight again another day. Give up the few cents it cost to replace a hook and let your released fish take care of it. Future generations of anglers will thank you!