Cut ’em loose.

That’s what Pop always said when a farm pond bass, bluegill, or catfish swallowed the hook. Turns out, it’s good advice.

New research suggests near-total mortality when anglers tried using disgorgers and similar tools to remove hooks from the gullet of smallmouth bass. Mortality was so high, they actually had to suspend the study.

So catch and release, keep ’em wet, and if you have to…cut the line.

One comment

  1. A great reminder.
    A lot of folks probably don’t know that a fish can often have a pretty normal life with a hook, rubber worm or spoon caught it its gut. Some work themselves out, some disintegrate. Generally, fish can still feed even with something stuck in their throat.

    Paz

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