|I had thought that taking a bonefish out of the water for a picture was not much different from taking a trout out of the water for a picture. That turns out to be a VERY bad assumption. See, trout don't have fast moving, toothy predators waiting for them.|
I just read the abstract from a study that found that bonefish who had lost equilibrium due to air exposure/handling time were 6X times more likely to end up as shark or cuda food than a fish released in good shape that had not been taken from the water.
Talking to one of the anglers involved in the study, in one day it was something like 80% of fish released that ended up being run down by sharks and cudas.
WOW! I had no idea.
Here's a link to more info... http://wp.me/pCfe5-bz