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  1. Hey All, There is a lot of chatter on the boards regarding catch & release, etc. Please find the attached compilation of articles. Some of the material may be considered dated but it is worth noting how long ago some of this information became available. Likewise, the magazine articles could be reorganized and new material added. Nonetheless, it's material written by authors & scientists across two continents, multiple countries, and numerous states / provinces. Enjoy! Regards, -- Todd Cook WhatDoMuskiesReallyEat.pdf Q&A and Info from DEC.pdf Magazine & Book Snippets.pdf FishingFacts - So You've Released.pdf FishingFacts - Catch & Release.pdf
  2. What @justtracytrolling and @White Wolf is sound advice. Knipex are great and I 2nd that recommendation. Releasing fish without pics is also a good idea especially if you already have plenty of pics of similar fish. For my part, I always approach a fish from the tail first (i.e. fish don't swim or jump backwards). You can avoid getting hooked yourself this way and, yes, I've ended up with hooks in my fingers or hand because it's natural to reach towards the head first. If you turn a fish to its back, they will become more docile. From there, you can usually get hold of the fish with one hand using a gill hold. There's plenty of info out there demonstrating / detailing the gill hold technique. https://www.fieldandstream.com/articles/fishing/2010/02/gill-plate-grab-catch-release-pike-without-net/ https://www.in-depthoutdoors.com/community/forums/topic/proper-hold-for-pikemuskie/ https://www.outdoorhub.com/how-to/2017/03/10/video-properly-hold-muskie/ I tap most of the barbs down on my hooks. It's much easier to unhook a fish as well as to unhook yourself. However, you will still find circumstances wherein a fish is deeply hooked & may require the cutting of the hooks. For example, if a treble is somehow wrapped up in the gills, just cut the hooks. The smaller pieces usually drop out the sides of the gills and the lure / main hook shank is released. As such, having jaw spreaders can also be very helpful.
  3. That's a nice one. Congrats! I like the 2nd picture better than the first. Trying to be helpful: https://muskie.outdoorsfirst.com/board/forums/thread-view.asp?tid=96369 scroll down to the pike photo / section: https://www.northernontario.travel/northeastern-ontario/how-to-properly-hold-a-fish https://www.in-depthoutdoors.com/community/forums/topic/proper-hold-for-pikemuskie/ and from (https://www.sageflyfish.com/redneck-musky): "Musky need to be kept horizontal. The vertical, gill plate hold that we see in so many old faded pictures is not good for the fish. A big heavy fish is not supposed to be held that way; it puts a ton of stress on all the internal organs and can lead to killing a fish."
  4. That looks like a European pike and if you look at the jacket he's wearing it would also appear to eke that out. See this photo for similar:
  5. I read an article many years wherein the behavior was viewed as a display of dominance. I've even seen pickerel stick their head out and slap the water before submerging.
  6. Hey All, I was wondering if the Long Point launch on Cayuga is iced up this time of year? Thanks
  7. Nah, I wish I did actually drive by Taughannock, though, checking to see how rough the lake might be but I couldn't get out today.
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