Great Barracuda - Sphyraena barracuda

Great Barracuda - Sphyraena barracuda

September 29, 2010

What a Waste

I hate reading about fish, and especially sharks, that are killed for no purpose. It appears this Great hammerhead shark was caught, kept out of water too long before release, and died as a result. Some fishes are very tollerant of being out of water, and when put back, zip away. Others, are not. Some intollerant fishes that come to mind: trout, bonefish, lizardfish. Some hearty fishes: pigfish, pinfish, greater amberjack, great barracuda. Regardless, there is a lesson here.

>Try to remove the hook while the fish is still in the water.
>If you have to boat or land the fish, get the fish back into the water as quickly as possible.
>If the hook is stubborn, put the fish back in intervals until you can get the hook out.
>Please use circle hooks. I switched to these this past summer and swear by them... they are much harder for the fish to swallow.
>When fighting a fish, only fight it long enough to safely get it boated or landed. Don't tire it out, or stress it out so much that it cannot recover. (We did this once with a Red drum, and I still regret it.)

Thankfully, the scienctists at FGCU will be able to study the shark. But, I summize they'd have preferred this fish had lived.

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