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Mar-10-2012, 06:06 PM #1
Re-compressing Rock Fish the Easy Way
I was thinking about how to re-compress Rock Fish fast and easy, without having to use special gear like an upside down weighted milk crate,
or this: http://www.git-r-down.net/6.html
or this: http://www.sheltonproducts.com/SFD.html
I figure people are lazy and won't go out of their way to save the tiny cods, which is sad, we should be more proactive in Rock Fish conservation. I figure the only way to get people to re-compress their unwanted catch is to incorporate the release device into the gangion itself. It should be illegal to throw tiny cods back only to watch them drift away.....in a "Trail of Tears."
Yeah, I coined that and "Chandelier of Death."
So I did a little on the water experimenting. When I fish cod, I attach a barrel swivel that has a duo-lock snap to my main line. I then attach my gangion to this swivel. I also attach a Pro-Mar green LED strobe light to this swivel. "No light, no bite." But that's another story.
So.....what I did was, I took a 6/0 9174 Mustad and pinched the barb all the way down and attached it to the top swivel previously mentioned.
If I get a small cod, I unhook it from my baited gangion and reattach it by the jaw to the barb-less 6/0 on swivel.
I then check my bait and re-deploy my gangion into the depths. This takes little extra effort to do the right thing and send your unwanted catch back down.
The hook can pivot up and down on the duo-lock snap, so that it turns upside down and drags the cod down, rocketing it back to depth, but hangs upright when you attach the cod.
This is easy and effective. The only issue is that now, technically, there are 3 hooks on your rig, even though 1 is un-baited and barb-less. I'm willing to risk it in the interest of my cod conservation efforts. I imagine a good pair of dikes could clip off the hook point, thus, no longer technically being a hook, but attaching the cod would be more difficult.
Anyway, just an idea to end............."The Trail of Tears."
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Mar-10-2012, 06:46 PM #2
We were doing the same thing by using a barbless hook tied upside down on the main line above the gangion. When they get down they swim right off
Mar-10-2012, 06:54 PM #3
Good post. We use the SFD. Works perfect.Shawn
Mar-11-2012, 12:21 AM #4
Mar-11-2012, 09:46 AM #5
I share your disgust at the "trail of tears" as you aptly put it. I've also put some thought into solutions. Being that I'm skeptical that fish yanked from the depths and rocketed back down have a high % of fruitful futures I've come up with a different school of thought.
I think the regs should be that ALL fish caught over a certain depth, determined by legitimate mortality upon release data, MUST be kept.
If 3" fish start counting against your limit, anglers will quit putting little hooks with little strips of squid down to catch whatever was "nibbling" their bigger bait. The result would be that the juvies stay down there to complete the circle of life rather than be a dead discard. Worst case scenario they wind up as part of an anglers presumably sustainable bag limit.
Of course some won't follow the rules......."What is the MLPA anyway? They are the meanest people ever!"
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Mar-11-2012, 11:50 AM #6
And I bet it's gonna attract some attention from lings.....
Mar-11-2012, 12:25 PM #7
I picked one up at the show. $30 bucks was a bit high but its a lot easier than the shelton release. The problem I had with the Shelton was that my boat is has a lot of freeboard so half the time I have to drop the fish a few inches to the water and it often fall off. Frustrating. I don't mind keeping a rod rigged p for this purpose god knows I have enough of them
My one thought on the roklees is that if you are releasing a big cow or boccacio say over 6 or 7 lbs you need to use a lot of weight. I think the guy said you could use up to about 3 lbs of weight. Anymore than that and the fish will release on the surface I suggested he make an extra spring for it. Either way it looks real easy to use.
Mar-11-2012, 12:39 PM #8
I think the 5 or 6 guys on this thread are the only ones who even care. That's why the simple hook on a swivel technique MIGHT get a few more to try it.Join The Marlin Club of San Diego Today. Preserve Our Angling History and Future. Since 1931.
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Seems there was a study done where they tagged deep caught rockfishes, groupers, blacks and sent them back down with an upside down milk crate or hook devices. They survived and did well. So it seems these devices work.
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