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I have heard that the cod and pollock and porgy offshore trips have been inundated with giant seabass pests; Have to go through like 10 seabass to catch 1 porgy..
seabass get vented and returned; but I wonder what the mortality rate is in that depth. Hope we are not doing more harm than good;;;
 

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There is a device (unk name) that is nothing more than a wire bent in a downward direction attached to a significant weight on a separate rod and reel. It takes a bit of time but you put that wire through the lower jaw of the SB and lower it to the bottom. A gentle lift and the fish is free and (hopefully) deflated. I don't know of any divers who have actually seen the results. I know that there are several here. It would be great to know if the device works as it is said to work. It is a simple, non invasive system. It does take a bit of time but I believe that most real fishermen would be glad to take the time to keep the population healthy.
 

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What I do is when it feels like a throw back I reel it up slowly. It seems to help...

I'dlike to know this too. Is the survival rate the same whether vented or nott???
 

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What I do is when it feels like a throw back I reel it up slowly. It seems to help...

I'dlike to know this too. Is the survival rate the same whether vented or nott???
On Saturday, I found that reeling them up slower did not really make a difference unfortunately. The only thing I really tried to do was not to swing at what I thought were sea bass hits. I know I probably missed quite a few porgies and possibly other fish that I could have boxed, but it wasn't that big of a deal. Maybe just maybe I saved a few bsb since I didn't swing at 'em!
 

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I hope that NOAA knows that it has implemented a rule which will still have a mortality rate due to By-Catch.Agreed that they are not targeted and that less will be caught,but to throw back a beautiful hump-back that will have a high probablity of being eaten by Bottom Feeders is a crime in itself fostered by NOAA and is no fault of fellow fisherman. What a waste of resource!!!:mad::mad::mad::mad:
 

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some tests have been done by a captain out of maryland, monty hawkins on the morningstar , he has tagged the fish that he de-aired so to speak and he report a very high recovery rate when done properly.

oh well the feds won't listen anyway

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