Since us floaters are close to the surface, we're already at arms level to hold our fishes in horizontal, double-handled method, wetting our hands before man-handling the fish.
However, I can confidently say 90% of us still hold the fish vertically when we CPR (capture, picture, release). Why would this matter?
Fishes in the water swim horizontally. They descend and ascend horizontally, in an angle. They don't go vertical in the water. When being pulled out the water, the majority of the body mass suddenly shifts from horizontal to vertical, creating stresses both on the jaw and the body. Imagine you're wearing a 100lbs weight in additional to your own body weight, and someone grab you by the jaw, lift you up, and suspend you. What's the damages resulting from that event?
The comeback statement probably fired back like, "Well, I CPR, and nothing happen to the fishes."
How would you know? Do you swim with the fish for the next 3 to 5 days, to monitor their physiological damages before they go belly up? Recently, there were double digit basses bellied up, not only being dragged from the depth too quickly without proper deflation, but also jawline damages due to improper handling. There goes the prized sport fishes you guys are chasing after.
"I handle my fish with one hand horizontally with no problem."
Sorry to say, but you just damage the fish's jaw, preventing it from properly feeding due to permanent opened jawlock. You might as well have kept it.
"I properly handle the fishes using both hands during CPR."
Did you actually protect the fishes by wetting your hands first, or place it on a wet towel to prevent the protective slime layer from being stripped off?
Sport fishermen like to toss their catches right back into the water like the fishes are dolphins. My gosh, I see 10 to 25 years veterans, holding the huge fishes by one hand on the jaws, and just swung those poor things right off into the waters like their yesterday dead baits. I'm just baffled of their knowledge in handling prized fishes that they are chasing after. For me, I don't really care. I chase after fishes that I can eat, not released to be caught over and over again. However, catching a water monsters and release it will be a blessing to brag about in the decades to come, with cautious handling tactics.
We're all guilty of mishandling the CPR fishes. I'm included at time when I have to handle an aggressive fish for CPR. However, since I'm on the float, I tried my best to hold onto the fishes in the water, setting up the CPR station/deck/apron, and get the fishes into/onto it. But, the fishes that I will hold onto for my dinner, I will manhandle it vertically, or with one hand, clearly indicating that those victims will be my meals.
What's your take?
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