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Old 02-15-2012, 03:52 PM   #1
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Truly how effective is venting a fish.
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Old 02-15-2012, 03:58 PM   #2
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They swim back down as opposed to floating upside down.
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Old 02-15-2012, 05:15 PM   #3
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it's very effective. Without doing it the fish doesn't stand a chance, they will just float around untill something snatches it. The hole you put in the fish heals fairly quickly.
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It's the legally prescribed way to "save" the fish. Recent studies show that the wholes don't heal up as fast as they first thought and many fish die from infection. There is a new thing that actually uses a weight attached to a clamp that descends the fish to a compressible depth up to 150ft down. Clamp the fish in the mouth with the device and drop it over, when it reaches the preset depth it releases the fish. No holes, less trauma, less chance of death after release. Only down side it they are expensive. Research it. There are a bunch of home made ways to do it. I personally still just use the vent tool.
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Old 02-18-2012, 11:13 PM   #5
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It gives the fish a few extra seconds to run before the dolphin grabs it, instead of floating upside down and waiting to be eaten. It is a required action, though.
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Will the pressure regulate itself if the fish is just left alone?
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Not before the fish dies from not being able to bring water past its gills to get oxygen or "Drowns", or before it gets eaten. Have you never caught a snapper before with an inflated buoyancy sack? The buoyancy sack fills with nitrogen as the fish ascends to the surface and without equal pressure from the outside it cannot dissipate fast enough and the buoyancy sack which was filled with air is now filled with nitrogen that will not release unless forced out (venting) or equal pressure is around the fish (using the device I described to lower it back down).
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Read this...

http://www.snookfoundation.org/news/...ting-fish.html
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You can make a very cheap weight release. You need a 3-5# weight. a large hook with the barb filed down, some heavy mono or nylon string. Tie the weight to the eye of the hook about 12" away. Tie a loop or cinch another piece around the bend of the hook with a loop or some tie a snap swivel on it. When you catch a fish that's inflated, put the hook through the top lip from the outside in. Connect the snap swivel to a rod (spinning usually works best) open the bail and drop the fish. When it gets down to the depth you want close the bail and start reeling. The hook will pull straight up/out and just reel in your weight. Basically it's just an upside down hook without a barb.

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You can make a very cheap weight release. You need a 3-5# weight. a large hook with the barb filed down, some heavy mono or nylon string. Tie the weight to the eye of the hook about 12" away. Tie a loop or cinch another piece around the bend of the hook with a loop or some tie a snap swivel on it. When you catch a fish that's inflated, put the hook through the top lip from the outside in. Connect the snap swivel to a rod (spinning usually works best) open the bail and drop the fish. When it gets down to the depth you want close the bail and start reeling. The hook will pull straight up/out and just reel in your weight. Basically it's just an upside down hook without a barb.

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Neat idea! I like it.
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