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February 23, 2008
6:59 pm

Just watched The Musky Hunter program with Jim Saric. They caught a large Musky with a Musky Lure, but I noted that while the fish was by the boat, quite a bit of blood was coming out from the gill area in spirts. The front hook appeared to be in the fish's mouth and the rear hook stuck in the gill area. They didn't show the fish being unhooked, but just holding it in the boat. They appeared to release the fish but did not show the fish actually being put in the water. Can it be assumed this fish is not going to survive? Pop

February 23, 2008
10:27 pm
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Those guys are pros on that show, I'm sure they did everything they could to get the fish released, hopefully it lived. I bought the volume 1 dvd and love it, I've watched the 2 disc set several times since I got it in the mail a few weeks ago. Great tips to improve chances of catching muskies everywhere and anywhere. <<<<><<<

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February 24, 2008
2:31 am

Any time you see blood puffing out from the gill area its not good.But its not a death sentence.Ive seen pics of muskies with half a gill plate missing.I think there could be other factors involved like water and air temp,release time,unhooking time and general handeling.The bottom line is try to put the odds in the fishes favor.If it were me though,i would'nt have taken the fish out of the water for pics.But i'm not doing a tv show.Bob

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