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Old 20-05-2013, 18:49
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I have noticed a couple of recent threads and articles where fish are hung buy the hook for photographs.
One of them is in the help with species thread where a tommy ruff is left hanging the other is on the Popes diary where an unidentified Australian spices is photographed hanging by the lip.
My question is how big does a fish have to be before this practice is deemed unacceptable?
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Yeah it`s not something I like to see and it was my first thought when I saw the photo of the ruffe. In fairness that pic was taken by a novice, someone who has only been fishing 6 weeks, so he probably doesn`t know any better. A polite word in the thread or in a pm would probably see an end to the practice, by him at least.
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To be honest Titus I find the whole thing distasteful. To stand there like a grinning goon whilst the fish, any fish, is left hanging just for a picture is wholly unacceptable. What if we did that with carp barbel roach etc can you imagine the outcry.
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Match fishermen have been swinging fish in for decades and no body seems to mind , personally i think anything over 2 oz is too big.
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I'm sure I'm not the only angler that swings smaller fish of all species to hand whilst fishing. So whilst I find a pic of a swinging fish a hint dis-tasteful I would be a hypocrite to condemn it.
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There's a huge difference between swinging a small fish to hand and posing in that manner just for a photo. Next barbel I catch I'll put a photo up with the same pose and we'll see the condemnation flood in.
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I'm not a fan of seeing pike held by the gills , maybe it does no harm
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Although it may look as if they are being held by the gills they are being held under the chin which does give some control over the fish.
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Pike properly held by the chin offer less risk to the fish than if held in the normal fish cradling way.
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I have noticed a couple of recent threads and articles where fish are hung buy the hook for photographs.
One of them is in the help with species thread where a tommy ruff is left hanging the other is on the Popes diary where an unidentified Australian spices is photographed hanging by the lip.
My question is how big does a fish have to be before this practice is deemed unacceptable?
I personally don't see a problem with Steve holding what is essentially a 12oz flatty, which I'm guessing are not really any different to our flounder, plaice, dab etc - Hard bony mouthed.
That and it was probably caught on a hook somewhat bigger than we'd use for catching roach of a similar size - More than likely a size 2 to 1/0. Suggesting to me that damage incurring from the pose is highly unlikely.

Now this pose does make me wince, though it is common practice in the USA:
http://hot100tips.com/wp-content/upl...20mouth%20bass

In answer to your question, it depends on many factor; the physical toughness of fish's mouth, where exactly is the hook located, what size hook is being used and ultimately is the fish going to be returned.
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