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1 Where to store fish on Mon Mar 19, 2018 4:11 pm

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New to float tubing looking for advice on where to store fish that I want to keep. Mostly advice on setup for saltwater. With freshwater I normally would slit a gill and use a stringer. I was thinking wire basket for freshwater but don't know what to use for salt. I don't want to be chumming for sharks. Thanks.

2 Re: Where to store fish on Mon Mar 19, 2018 5:50 pm

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Welcome to the forum JWL70.

For freshwater I usually have the old fashion chain style clip on stringer with me because it is easy to store. However, I will use a mesh basket at times when I am chasing the Bluegill. I have seen the saltwater guys use a divers stringer, it is just a big metal loop you can clip on.

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3 Re: Where to store fish on Mon Mar 19, 2018 7:51 pm

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I have never been one for keeping what I catch from the Salt but that is me if you want to go for it. The big hoop is the way to go if you choose to keep some Halibut. I would not worry about the sharks as much as the harbor seals. And welcome to the forum glad you found us.


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4 Re: Where to store fish on Mon Mar 19, 2018 9:40 pm

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Welcome to the forum JWL79,

I'm a 100% Catch & Release sportsman myself .... I'm just hooked on the drug named ... TUG! lol

I would highly recommend that you never place your catch in the salt water. The harbor seals have been known to be smart enough to unbutton and steal the catch from the game clip, without so much as being detected.
Other harbor seals can be extremely aggressive and take your catch along with you for an unwanted swim.
We are pool toys to them!

If you plan to (KK) kill and keep, then you should probably carry a 3-5 gal bucket or a game bag behind your seat, keeping your catch out of the water. But then on the other hand ... it's really OK to CPR as well. There's not a better feeling than to release a fish; that had just fought for it's life and allowing it to live and re-populate it's species for the future of our sport. Thumbs Up Just my 2-cents.

I look forward to reading a lot of fish reports from you in the near future Sir!
Tight lines!

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5 Re: Where to store fish on Tue Mar 20, 2018 5:46 am

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Thanks for the replies. I am for the most part a catch and release guy but I will occasionally keep one or two. Thanks for confirming that keeping them in the water was a bad idea as I thought it was.

6 Re: Where to store fish on Tue Mar 20, 2018 6:38 am

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Ya like I said i release all but that is me. I know people that have kept some of what they caught. But the seals are the true concern you might get away with it once or twice but the tax collector will get there share at some point.


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7 Re: Where to store fish on Thu Mar 22, 2018 6:48 pm

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Welcome!

Don't forget the legal size requirements for saltwater fish. I've run into a couple of guys on the water that didn't even know there were size limits on saltwater bass. When it comes to mercury levels, you're on your own.

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8 Re: Where to store fish on Fri Mar 23, 2018 8:29 pm

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Thanks Bob, I have been fishing my whole life but don't saltwater fish often. You made a very good point. I am very aware of the limits and minimum size required.

9 Re: Where to store fish on Thu Apr 12, 2018 11:00 am

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That's a very good question. I am a new member I have recently sold my small skiff and am now the proud owner of a Savage Gear High Rider 170. I also catch and release 99.9% of the time as well. However if I was to catch a nice Halibut ($39.00 for a 2.5 lb bag a Costco) I might have to invite him to dinner. Just Saying

I think the 5 gallon bucket may be the way to go!!

10 Re: Where to store fish on Thu Apr 12, 2018 6:34 pm

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[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] wrote:That's a very good question. I am a new member I have recently sold my small skiff and am now the proud owner of a Savage Gear High Rider 170. I also catch and release 99.9% of the time as well. However if I was to catch a nice Halibut ($39.00 for a 2.5 lb bag a Costco) I might have to invite him to dinner. Just Saying

I think the 5 gallon bucket may be the way to go!!

probably the best way to go, fish out of the water saves you from the predictors looking for an easy meal. Welcome to the Forum special k I am sure you will like it here and we would like to hear more about the High Rider 170 when you have some reviews. Wink


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11 Re: Where to store fish on Mon Apr 16, 2018 3:36 pm

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Will do this posting thing is all new for me but i will do my best.!!




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[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] wrote:That's a very good question. I am a new member I have recently sold my small skiff and am now the proud owner of a Savage Gear High Rider 170. I also catch and release 99.9% of the time as well. However if I was to catch a nice Halibut ($39.00 for a 2.5 lb bag a Costco) I might have to invite him to dinner. Just Saying

I think the 5 gallon bucket may be the way to go!!

probably the best way to go, fish out of the water saves you from the predictors looking for an easy meal.  Welcome to the Forum special k I am sure you will like it here and we would like to hear more about the High Rider 170 when you have some reviews. Wink

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