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Discussion in 'Hunting, Fishing & Camping' started by jolt8me, Nov 23, 2005.
When you catch fish while fishing. How do you kill them?
throw em in the cooler
There are lots of ways. It really depends on the fish. A firm strike to the head/base of the head with a rock/club/heavy pocketknife will do. Also, you can put your thumb against the back of the head and with your other fingers lift up on the top jaw, essentially breaking its neck. or throw it on a stringer. that kills em. Be sure you want to keep them though, dont release dead fish. I practice catch and release mainly with the exception of when I am camping or feel like eating fish. I noticed before this, I was wasting a lot of fish by taking them home and letting them go bad in the freezer.
The cooler, but in all honesty I never really "tried" to kill a fish. I keep them on the stringer on live well until the fillet knife comes out and I'm done fishing all that I plan on fishing.
You can easily expire a fish with a gut cut and then a cut behind the gill plates on both side and removing the head. At least the body would be "death" and maybe the head would be alive.
Or I guess you could try to drown the fish ;f
Thump 'em. I use a heavy piece of deer antler with a string through the smaller end to loop around my wrist.
My sister is squeamish so I suggested she put a plastic bag over the fish's head and suffocate them. She thinks that is a much better plan than beating them to death. (Note: she has 2 college degrees)
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death by fillet knife and hot grease has yet to fail me.
I am really puzzled by this.... I am assuming this is for real so...
If its a fish being put in the boat with a rep of causing bodily harm... IE cobia, slammer dolphin, YF tuna, then a short billie to the head is all you need. If its to big to bring aboard, like some of the tiger sharks we catch, 12-13 foot, then IF you decide to kill it, put a load of size 8 right between the eyes, angling back towards the tail as to save the jaw from deformation.
If its smaller than those above, a cooler is fine, or if you really want it dead, stomp on its head, making sure not to damage the meat.
I have never given much thought to the process of killing fish. I usually just throw them in the creel and keep on fishin'. I guess it's not all that humane but stopping on their head is a pretty brutal way to go too.
I once decided to "dispatch" a small shark via stomping. (small being about 3 foot)
I drew my foot up, and during the down stroke the shark flipped over allowing me toshove my heal into its mouth. I got a pretty good bite on the heal due to that dumb move... lucky it wasnt big enough to do any damage through the shoe. But the easiest way to kill a fish is leave it out the water. Some fish die quick, (Mackerel, trout, anything your going to release) and some die slow (sharks, catfish, anything your going to keep)
Depends of fish type/size. Like Hoingshiba said, if it's a "long" fish, like barracuda or pike, you can snap it's "neck". Do not "stomp" a shark; secure it first by holding it on it's "pivot" point, just behind the head, then severe the spine with a sharp knife (it's quick/easy enough to continue to cut the head off or dress it). Most all fish can be neutralized by clubbing them over the head.
I ask this because i am new to fishing. Recently i caught my first trout (24" 9lbs) and just put him in a garbage bag and left him on shore. A halfhour later he was still moving every now and then. This did not seem very humaine to me. To me if i am going to kill and animal i want to do it in the least painfull way possiable.
killing sharks? ;g
When I'm fishing, depending on what im catching, if it is Trout, Salmon or Steelhead. I just break a couple of the gill arches and let them bleed out, then quickly on ice, I like to let them pump the blood out of there system. Same goes for Spanish Mackerel, and Bluefish when I catch em. When I catch Flounder, I just throw em and the stringer and keep fishing. I dont want them to bleed, cause im usally wade fishing and don't peticulary want to attract any sharks to my stinger or my self. Usally you can just bleed em out or give em a good rap over the head with a club.
I always just put them in the cooler and let them die, but if you wanna be quick about it, like others have said, hit 'em in the head, or cut the head off.
Never really felt the need to kill a fish, but they never live past the fillet knife
Stringer, they are dead when I pull em out of the water. If they happen to live, a nice quick beheading works when home.
Last time I went fishing and caught a big shark one of the guys filmed it from hook set to cooler.
When I watched it latter, the only thing that I can say about the part after we boarded the shark was that it reminded me of the Rodney King video.
You have to hit a 200 lb shark in the head with a Louisville slugger many more times than you'd expect to get it under control. Most other fish just get tossed into the cooler.
Another time we caught a good sized shark and one of the deck hands runs out of the cabin with a 1911 intending to shoot it before we brought it onboard. The captain just about flipped out. He was yelling at the new deck hand for a good while telling him how stupid he was and what if he missed and put a hole in the boat. I am sure a .45 cal hole in a 65 ft boat could be patched on the fly but 70-80 miles out in the Gulf of TX that would really suck.
The deck hand did say that was standard practice with the crew he worked with before.
And if the captain was already that torqued about it, that line went over real big, I'll bet.
He probably about threatened to feed HIM to the shark!
Smeagle catches a a fish when he is in the forbidden pool of Gondor, LOTR II. He shows you how to keep it still. ;a