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Old 09-14-2015, 05:36 PM   #1
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Saw this on the Bayou Coast Kayak page, taken from The Billfish Foundation. It cites a report on white marlin in which 21% of fish removed from water and then released (in seemingly good condition) died compared to just 2% who were not removed from the water.

http://www.billfish.org/news/keep-em...handling-tips/

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Removing billfish from the water puts additional stress on their body after the initial stress caused by the fight. Contact with the fish removes the slime that protects it from parasites and infections.

A billfish’s skeleton is designed for buoyant conditions of the ocean, so when removed from the water the skeleton and internal organs come under the strain of gravity, which can cause serious harm to the fish.

If an angler wants a photo with his or her fish, TBF recommends safe handling practices be followed. Once the fish is alongside the boat, keep it in gear with the fish’s lower jaw in the water to ensure oxygenated water passes over the gills. Then the angler can lean over the gunnel while someone snaps photos.
Worth considering. I'm not opposed to people keeping legal sailfish. But if a sailfish is going to be released, we should do what we can to ensure its survival.
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Old 09-14-2015, 06:59 PM   #2
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Put a rag around the bill and lift up the sail for a great picture. The rag protects your hand from abrasion.
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Put a rag around the bill and lift up the sail for a great picture. The rag protects your hand from abrasion.
This wasn't what he was asking. I think it should be done quick if you're going to do it. Offshore, I have pulled both whites and sailfish out for pics but limit the time to 15 seconds or less. Don't "rearrange" for a better shot. Take the pic, get him back in and make sure you cradle his body weight of you're going to do it.

Bear in mind Florida has laws on some species that someone in the know may chime in with.
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dont blame anyone because i have done it many times but there was 1 years back a green sail on heavy tackle the fish broke its bill and the rest wasnt pretty to this day i would never do it again outside of charters and i hate to do that that fish was legal and was great smoked but as pretty as they are it makes u think if u kill one u will never forget it its like loosing a deer u wounded
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This wasn't what he was asking. I think it should be done quick if you're going to do it. Offshore, I have pulled both whites and sailfish out for pics but limit the time to 15 seconds or less. Don't "rearrange" for a better shot. Take the pic, get him back in and make sure you cradle his body weight of you're going to do it.

Bear in mind Florida has laws on some species that someone in the know may chime in with.
You are right, I didn't answer the question. I should have said at first, do not take the Sailfish out of the water. Even your method does not ensure that your fish were not part of the 27%.
I sincerely apologize for not answering the question properly.
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Aw hell......
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This has been on my mind lately too. Its definitely bad for the fish to be removed from the water. Their bodies/bills are not structurally made to support any weight out of the water and can be damaged, and the slime coat on their skin is important and can be rubbed off. But, people want pictures and will be tempted to remove them, so maybe we can come up with some sort of method for getting good pics while the fish is in the water alongside the kayak. This isn't intended to shame anyone, lets just try to find the best ways to handle and release the next fish we catch
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This is Steve Kaiser. He was a great fisherman in Pensacola. He always said do not lift by the bill and sometimes went above and beyond...
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Underwater video is great. Nothing like an alive, lit up fish in shallow water so that you can see the color. I think most of us can live without a lap pic in the age of GoPro. It also keeps the feet out of the pictures
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Underwater video is great. Nothing like an alive, lit up fish in shallow water so that you can see the color. I think most of us can live without a lap pic in the age of GoPro. It also keeps the feet out of the pictures
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