Posted by Dan Blanton on 2019-02-08 18:16:34
in reply to Re: Slime posted by Bob Laskodi on 2019-02-08 17:00:19
I don't want to see a heated debated about this or any other of those 'controversial' fish-handing opinions but can you point to any real science regarding removal of fish slime on bonefish and other saltwater species as being harmful. My guess it is and can lead to fungus and other problems but I can't recall seeing any evidence of it and thousands of bonefish are caught and released by hand, gloved or bare-hands annually.
I recall in the very early years (late 60s and early 70s) small stripers swimming around with white fungus on their bodies the shape of a hand print; and it was recommended by Fish and Game to not handle them. The lake being newly filled was full of fungus spores from decaying vegetation. Haven't seen this in many years though. The problem seems to have corrected itself. That said, I hate to grab a body hold on small stripers. I try to lip-land them and hold them by the lip to remove the hook.
Likewise it has been said that landing nets are harder on fish because of slime removal than angler's hands. If they become entangled in a net mesh it will take longer to remove the hook and you still have to handle them.
Pick your poison...
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