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Deep Fishing NOT ALWAYS A GOOD THING.

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One thing that I Notice that should be a huge concern for fisherman though is pulling the fish out of 38 feet of water or deeper a new STUDY says that anything deeper than 38 feet of water 70% of those fish die I was just informed by A well known fisherman. So fisherman look out of where your pulling those fish out from the big fish aren't always deep. and watch that depthfinder when you get below 38 feet start looking to go back up that bank. I know that I wont be fishing in anything deeper than 25 feet. Unless you dont want to be fishing for those marble eyes in 5 to 10 Years.

Just wanted to hear some questions and thoughts about the subject!

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alex1

I have always known that as a rumor until fishing out on Miltona one year and jigging out in 50 fow when we started catching walleyes and when we got them up to the surface their swim bladders were hanging out of their mouth and they were bleeding out of their gills. I asked about it and was told it was the same thing that a diver gets if they assend out of deep water to fast you get the "bends" .

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I don't believe it to be a rumor. I got a wall hanger walleye up north one winter and within a minute of it being out of the water, the eyes popped out of his head. Luckily I was keeping him anyway, but I was told by the guides that the fish probably went through the bends as well, as it came from 45 fow.

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I didn't mean to imply that I still think of at as a rumor anymore after my expeirance out on Miltona that year. I now will not fish that deep for any fish that more. I have also fished crappies on a lake around Alex that were in 30 fow 6" off the bottom and the same thing happen. I don't know if it was because it was in the winter or because 30 fow is too much. Someone once told me to try binging them up slower, didn't seem to make any difference frown.gif

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Scott M

It's not the bends, or nitrogen narcossis (nitrogen "boiling" or coming out of solution in the blood), it's just a sudden absence in pressure of having 50 feet of water on top of you.

Fish wouldn't really get "the bends" unless you pulled them from really deep, like over 100 feet, and if they had a lot of nitrogen in their bloodstream.

But as has been mentioned, you need to keep this in mind when fishing that deep-you probably won't be able to release the fish. It's either keep them for eating or don't fish them because you won't be able to release them. A fish's gas bladder just can't cope with such drastic changes.

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Snake River  King

Well said.

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Hammer Handle

Also, in the dogs days of summer (especially this last year), it was a good ideal to not fish for anything you didn't want to keep.

The hot surface water killed many fish caught.

If you are a catch-n-release fisherman, you really should have taken a little time off. I did for the fish I didn't plan on eating. Hard to do if you are on a lake with slot limits though.

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HHGuide: Is that some kind of water pressure thing like a scuba diver getting the bends if he comes up too fast? It sure sounds like it. I always thought the fishes swim bladder adjusted for things like that? You sure learn a lot in these forums. I will remember that one and fish nothing deeper than 25 feet from now on. I am into catch and release. Especially for the bigger, breeding stock type fish. If you are going to catch it, eat it. If you are going to eat it, eat the smaller ones and put the big boys back. They are the future of fisihg and keep a lake or river healthy.

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Yea nailed it on the Head. I know when i'm fishing at anytime anything over 20 inches goes back right away. Whether i'm prefishing for a tournament, just fishing or guiding. Unless its big enough to put on the wall. I agree with you we need to save those bigger fishing and only keep what your going to eat!

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