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Old 07-08-2008, 01:23 PM
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Folks - new to this whole saltwater thing. The few times I went and caught bluefish, they were dispatched with a piece of rebar before anybody put their hands near their mouths to retrieve the hook/lure. Will be flyfishing in the Cape Cod area soon and would like to do the catch and release thing with at least some of the bluefish that I catch. The question is how to do so without losing any parts of my hands/fingers in the process and keeping my lure. Any ideas?
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Old 07-08-2008, 01:44 PM
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Use a Boga (or knockoff version) and Pliers and you'll be fine...
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Old 07-08-2008, 02:00 PM
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Go to your local tackle store and get a hook extractor for $5. Grab the fish hard right behind the gills and pull the hook out
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Old 07-08-2008, 02:14 PM
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Grab the fish hard right behind the gills and pull the hook out.
That works great on the smaller blues, but not too many people will be able to do the one-handed-grip-behind-the-gills on some of the gorilla blues we've been getting around here, especially if they're still green (as they usually are) when you get them to hand.
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Old 07-08-2008, 02:28 PM
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Got the idea. Thanks for the quick replies. Will let folks know how I did.
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Old 07-08-2008, 03:42 PM
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Tnot too many people will be able to do the one-handed-grip-behind-the-gills on some of the gorilla blues we've been getting around here
baitrunner, are you seeing these from shore or boat?
and how far down south?
I find them more fun than stripers (I know, heresy ;-) so I've been patiently awaiting their return to do the tug of war thing with them but the shore ones never seem big enough compared to the huge ones via boat near Race Point.

for the OP: siwash hooks...dump the treble hooks. They'll be a lot easier to get out w/ a hook removing tool or pliers too.
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Old 07-08-2008, 05:08 PM
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Damn devils... among other damages and thefts which were incurred, they turned 2 formerly nice plugs into sawdust Saturday morning. Fishing near the Mattapoisett shoreline. I know there were some big bass around too, but I couldn't get away from the devils. Even heavy jigs couldn't sink fast enough to get under em. I hate em ..... but they do give the kayak a nice tow
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Old 07-08-2008, 05:11 PM
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I grab 'em right behind the eye sockets like a muskie. Even if they are a gorilla, I find if you grab it hard enough they won't go anywhere, then flip it if its really not cooperating.
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Old 07-09-2008, 08:13 AM
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I'm glad you are going to release them. Some day (hopefully never) they may be all we have left...

I've been doing it with my hands and a pair of pliers all my life. Not saying it's the smart thing to do but so far I still have all my fingers...
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Old 07-11-2008, 12:58 PM
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you can grab the hook with a pair of pliers, twist your hand while holding the hook with the pliers so the hook is upside down and bounce the hook...9 times out 10 the blue will drop right of the hook a couple bounces in (this is for BLUES and works IMO due to their specific jaw..I would NEVER recommend doing this with a striper)...
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Old 07-11-2008, 09:40 PM
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I have always grabbed 'em underneath, fingers in the gills and using long nose pliers, remove the hooks. I release 'em as well.
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Old 07-12-2008, 12:35 AM
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I use a Boga grip to hold 'em and a leatherman to get the hook out. Never had problems. I release everyone I catch that hasn't been designated "shark bait" (the ones I deep hook, I keep and use for shark bait). I only keep about 5-6 a year for that. The Boga grip is a great tool. I use mine in the winter time ice fishing for pike too. I LOVE catching blues!
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Old 07-12-2008, 07:22 AM
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When I was a kid, we always killed them first - what a waste
I can get most off with pliers without much problem - every once in a while, I end up doing a lot of damage to their mouth when the hook seems to have twisted all around while bringing it in. I'm usually more woried about ending up with a treble stuck in me than staying away from their teeth.
By the way - when are they going to make it up to cape Ann - no one I know has got one yet.
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These things work great . The will also grab the hook shanks from your trousers, shoelaces, boots, plug bag and everything else the trebles get stuck on.
Make sure you also have cutters in case you need to cut a hook off.
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