Originally Posted by freddie the j
The only rule I see about releasing foul hooked fish pertains to trout and salmon, and Walleyes in Oneida Lake. See page 54 of the most recent DEC Freshwater Fishing guide.
Just before that it says no snatching except for a few exceptions and refers you to another page for the definition which says
Fish must be taken during their respective open season by angling or ice fishing in New York State waters in accordance with New York State Fishing Regulations. Angling does not include any method by which the fish are foul hooked. Fish showing signs of foul hooking, gill nets, tampering or foreign objects will be disqualified.
So ... it's clear as Hudson River Mud
... but it sure seems like foul hooked fish are not legal to keep.
Again ... i am not trying to bust chops or be an amateur DEC guy .... just trying to educate myself.