A common problem when bottom fishing deeper water is the barotrauma or “blowing up” of fish during the ascent. The gases naturally found in the swim bladders of fish expands as the pressure is lessened on the trip to the surface. The pressure leaks out into the body cavity and often pushes out the eyes and stomach of fish. A fish is de-habilitated by this condition upon reaching the surface and a healthy release is tough unless a simple step is taken to take the fish back to depth for release.
Many aspects of this creates a positive result and most anglers prefer to not waste the resource. A variety of descending devices have been created to take a fish back to a depth where the expanded gases recompress back to their previous levels and the fish is then able to swim away and live. Studies are showing a great success rate when the extra time is taken to release unwanted fish using these methods.
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