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Properly holding a fish


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I know the best thing is to minimize a fish's time out of the water, but in holding a fish for a photo, what do you all think is the best way to grip/hold?

Under the jaw/gillplate for the lunkers? Vertical, horizontal? Does the "by the lip" method fly for smaller, non-toothed fish in your opinions?

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I think that for big fish, under the gill plate, and then supporting the fish with your hand and in a horizonatal hold is the best. For Crappies I will hold them by the mouth vertically, but usually I keep those crappies to eat, so the damage factor is kind of irrelivant.

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With bass and toothless fish I hold them by the lip and vertical. I cringe when I see people holding them by the lip only horizontally, the jaw gets so torqued. If I hold horizontally I support the belly.(example in pic to left)

With big fish I do under the jaw/gill plate VERY carefully and try and support the belly. That's another thing that bothers me is when I see 50" muskies being held by just the gill plate area, cause it always looks like somethings about to tear. And that is a delicate area.

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So then my next question is related, and has to do with a scale i just purchased. I got one that goes up to 28lbs. and the interface is simply a metal 3/4in. square-ish "U" shaped hook. If i were to weigh a fish - any fish - where do i hook this hook to without ripping or tearing any fish parts?

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So then my next question is related, and has to do with a scale i just purchased. I got one that goes up to 28lbs. and the interface is simply a metal 3/4in. square-ish "U" shaped hook. If i were to weigh a fish - any fish - where do i hook this hook to without ripping or tearing any fish parts?


for smaller fish it is ok to go by the gill plate to weigh them otherwise for larger fish (4-5lb or more) get a bag and tare the scale with the bag and then put the fish in it to get the wieght. If you hold a big fish verticle it is like holding a human upside-down it is a big strain on their organs.

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Maybe put the fish in a Walmart bag and weight it by the handle of the bag.

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Use a tape measure and simply measure the monster in inches.

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I generally weigh them in the net (if a net was used), and deduct the net's weight out of the total.

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