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  1. Hi Volitan. If I could comment on a couple of points from the above post. Point 2. I was really only commenting on the tragic waste of Gemfish (or other deep sea varieties). Seems such a waste of the fishes life, that it dies as a result of being caught, and ends up back in the ocean when it could easily provide a meal for an angler. Having it taken by an angler and counting towards a deep sea species bag limit would benefit overall. There would be no need to continue to catch more of them which are going to die anyway. I didn't contemplate such a (considered) regulation to apply to other species (Bream, Flathead, Whiting, etc). Maybe fishing for deep sea species should be banned altogether if it (often)results in fish deaths. The NZ regulation seems like it may have some merit if it were applied here to certain species. Thank heaven we don't have an ambient temperature rule applied here, we may never get to go fishing. (LOL) I'm more of a practical person than one who studies scientific data about my hobbies. I try to keep abreast of rules and regulations but soon tire of reading. Having said that I do appreciate folks that have a more scientific /technical approach to life's queries. Thanks for your informed comments, much appreciated. bn
  2. Ok let's get some answers guys. You catch a toothy critter and want to release it unharmed. How do YOU go about it? I have caught Barracuda and have used lip grips on the lower jaw and supported its body when releasing it. I also try to be very aware of how long the fish is out of the water, keeping it to as little time as possible. What do you do? bn
  3. Thanks for the report M1100S and congratulations on the new boat. Bet you can't wait to get out again and get a legal Kingfish. Good luck and keep safe. bn
  4. Hi there noelm. Totally agree that we all need to treat fish as humanely as possible when we catch them. Just wondering how you remove hooks from a toothy critter without using lip grips or such like. I've seen lots of anglers lift large fish by the gills...I don't think that this is a good way to handle fish either. Maybe some others would like to chuck their 2 bobsworth into the discussion. Cheers, bn
  5. Hi Volitan. Slightly off the original topic but still worth attention is your statement in the last paragraph of your post. Barotrauma kills fish as does puncturing the air bladder of captured deep water species. It would be easy to believe these statements. Working on the assumption that these statements are correct why do Fisheries encourage release of fish which are going to die anyway? Would it not be far more suitable to allow these fish to be part of a bag limit, even if they were undersized. EXAMPLE: Say you were fishing for Gemfish. There's no benefit in releasing small ones all day long, whilst chasing a bag limit of legal sized fish, if the released fish are going to die anyway. Just a thought. One thing that really concerns me, particularly when I watch videos of fish being caught, is how long anglers keep these fish out of the water before releasing them. There's another topic that Raiders can weigh into. How long should fish be kept out of the water before being released? Cheers, bn
  6. I obviously can't speak for EVERY circumstance but can relate one experience which I observed. I caught a Murray Cod in the Murrumbidgee River which had the eye and part of the shank of a 3/0 red hook sticking out from the anus of the fish. Naturally I carefully removed it and released the fish unharmed. It readily swam away. When we consider the feeding methods of fish (say Murray Cod) their natural diet consists of many creatures with skeletons and hard shells (birds, fish, shrimps, yabbies, crayfish). It is therefore a natural situation that they digest foods which we humans could not digest. I know that Murray Cod will inhale a yabbie (hard shell) and some time later "spit out" parts of the hard shell. I have never seen them do this with the skeleton of other fish which they have consumed. It's reasonable to assume that the entire fish enters the stomach and is dissolved by stomach acids. I have examined the stomach contents of many fish species which I've caught and seen many TOTALLY WHOLE fish and crustaceans therein. This would lead me to believe that fish are capable of swallowing hooks and having them pass through their system without too much harm to the fish. Just my observations and opinion. I shall be interested to see the opinions of others in this thread. What are your thoughts nutsaboutfishing? Cheers, bn
  7. What TAZ is saying here is get the ordinary grey coloured earthworms from sandy soil areas. Don't get too hung up on this or that bait. Carp are real gutsers and feed often. Find the Carp and they will take any of the BAITS mentioned. They are not caught as regularly on soft plastics and hard bodies. Get out there Marks1984 and post the results...we're all hanging out for it. LOL, bn
  8. Hey Jon. Thanks for supplying the video of the eugene slip and double eugene bend knots. I have just spent a bit of time learning them. To be honest I find no benefit from either of them, relevant to the type of fishing which I do. Certainly the eugene slip knot looks quite neat and would be ok for general purpose tying of spinnerbaits but the double eugene bend is FAR TOO BULKY and could be a (potential) hinderance. You do a lot of unique underwater stuff Jon and probably know more about the habits of marine creatures than most of us. Do fish have eyesight which picks up mono but not fluro? I'm sure that the advertising world, which seemingly has no scruples when it comes to absurd sales pitches, is sales driven and the claims they make seem to get more extreme by the day. Angling has become a technological assault on marine life these days. Where will it all end? Cheers, bn
  9. I would be interested in your opinion regarding the particular knots Jon. Well done Volitan on the methodical presentation of your findings. Keep going with your research, we can all gain some benefit from your findings. And I know that it stimulates your creative mind. Cheers, bn
  10. Couple of nice feeds there Yowie. Always good to see the little pickers about...fares well for the future. Cheers, bn
  11. Always a potential problem the wind can whip up decent waves on the vast expanses of dams. Still like any fishing location there's always the chance of a decent session. Looks like you guys had a good session indeed. Cheers, bn
  12. Many ideas tossed around here DerekD. Great thing about this site is how helpful and creative (too) the members are. Having seen how much attention you put into the care of your fishing gear, I'm sure that this will be a work in progress for you. Good luck with the Summer Kingfish assault and keep us posted with your results. Hope to catch up again with you and some of the other Sydney Raiders, in due course. Always a great experience. Cheers for now, bn
  13. That is FABULOUS NEWS Dave. Good luck mate. Neil
  14. It was kc. Had planned a trip today but the wind is about 25 knots. Itching to get out tomorrow though. We shall see. bn
  15. In an environment like a small dam you can catch them any time of year. They are prolific breeders and survive when other fish perish. They feed continuously swimming with their heads down and sucking up all the mud. In Summer they are likely to be feeding on things floating on the surface. bn