Posted March 23 2012 - 09:45 PM
After a few long sweeping motions with my rod, the LM showed some signs of life. I got her out and again furiously attempted to free her of the hook before she died. I finally looked at her gills from the outside and saw my hook was firmly planted through one of her gills. After some hard work with my pliers on the outside, I finally freed the hook.
Thinking she was good to go, I tossed her out into the pond with the hope she would swim away. No luck, she just drifted out farther, doing a slow death roll and resting belly up. I got my shoes wet trying to get to her with my rod. I hoped I could pull her through the water and help revive her. Again, no luck. I just couldn't reach her.
I am pretty upset that she seemed to die so easily. She was the largest LM I had caught from this pond. A healthy 3.5 pounder, and now she is dead. What happened? I can't imagine she died from being out of the water too long, I've had other fish out much longer. I've never hooked a LM so deep that the hook goes through the gills. Is there any immediate action drill or other procedure that needs to be taken when a LM is hooked through the gills?
Needless to say, from now on when a fish eats a hook, the first thing I plan on doing is checking the gills.
Posted March 23 2012 - 11:29 PM
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Posted March 24 2012 - 07:38 AM
I didn't want to leave her floating dead like that and I wasn't allowed to remove any fish from the property. So I tossed her into a brush row for the 'coons and critters to eat. Haunted me for years. I actually thought I might be bass cursed because of it, as I started having trouble catching anything. I even put two nice 3 lbers back into the pond that I caught somewhere else and transferred there.
Stuff like that can mess with your head. I've come to realize that sometimes a fish will die (I had a small one die on me the other day) and sometimes there is not much you can do about it. Return it back to the source to be food for the others that need it or take it home for yourself or others.
Posted March 24 2012 - 09:36 AM
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Posted March 24 2012 - 04:04 PM
I am pretty upset that she seemed to die so easily.
Like the others are telling you above, don't let it get to you. This time of year she may have been weak from spawning before you caught her. I've seen a clean gill hook stop bleeding after the fish was placed in the live well. But like they say sometimes stuff happens.
Most of the time I am not that attached to the lure (pardon the pun) and will cut the hook to have a clean wound. I use a cheep pair of dual cutters, they have a flat jaw out the front, and wire cutters out the top, and they will flatten a barb. If you want a charge, land a bass with a barb-less hook.
Remember Sandy Hook...
Posted March 24 2012 - 04:22 PM
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