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#12273502 - 06/01/17 01:26 PM Have newfound respect for hardcore yakkers
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Have been on the water a few days the past couple of weeks, just a couple hours at a stretch. Caught my first keeper sandbass on the kayak and was a bit perplexed how to safely land & unhook it since the deck space in front of me is kinda occupied by my hairy legs.

Fish hooks and fish spines can hurt hairy legs!

No harm done, but was reflecting on some of the BIG fish I've seen landed by kayakers and am now more impressed with those who do it.
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#12273527 - 06/01/17 01:40 PM Re: Have newfound respect for hardcore yakkers [Re: Uncle Zeek]
T- Gil Offline
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Registered: 03/18/04
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Loc: Burleson, Tx
I watched a video yesterday of a guy fishing in the surf. Not even sure what kind of fish it was he caught (saltwater species are almost all foreign to me)but he hoisted it from the water by the line, it had what appeared to be a magnum version of a zara spook hanging out of its mouth. As it flopped about on the deck of his yak I thought how painful it would be to have that hook buried in your leg with a 30" fish flopping on the other end of the lure!
I've watched just about all of Bullet Catcher's videos, he grabs them by the lip with a tool and keeps them under control that way.
I guess you get better with practice? I'm looking forward to finding out!
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#12273748 - 06/01/17 03:42 PM Re: Have newfound respect for hardcore yakkers [Re: Uncle Zeek]
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Loc: Flower Mound, TX
From the kayak, I fish a lot of single hook jigs and Texas rigged single hooked plastics which makes it easier to land and unhook fish. I lip the Largemouth Bass on the lower jaw as the hook is usually in the upper lip. With Sandbass, I frequently grab the line to hold the jig and fish up, use needle nose pliers to grab the jig hook and turn it upside down causing the Sandbass to fall off directly back into the water. With this method, I don't have to touch the Sandbass or jig with my hands. It also helps keep my thumb from getting chewed up.

My needle nose pliers also have a cutting edge so I can cut off hooks if necessary. Last weekend on the Brazos, I used the pliers to pull a treble hook out of some high school kid's thumb. He was fishing a 3 treble hook jerk bait and caught a Striper. After fumbling with it for a while the fish had 2 hooks in the mouth and the kid had one in the thumb and neither one was pleased. The fish was flopping around and the kid was pretty calm about it despite the pain.

I would consider carrying a landing net if I used a lot of lures with multiple treble hooks.

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#12273841 - 06/01/17 04:26 PM Re: Have newfound respect for hardcore yakkers [Re: Uncle Zeek]
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A net and a fish grip are needed if you fish for large or spined fish.
You can get by liping a largemouth but you'll find landing a large catfish, or a toothy fish and dangling treble hooks in close proximity to your legs can be unnerving to say the least.
Using a net I usually don't bring the fish aboard but rather hang it over the side of the kayak while I unhook it. A rubber net works great and I can release the fish or keep it.
Doing it that way it relaxes the fish and it keeps the fish from flopping around on the deck tangling lines and punching legs.
You hook yourself once you won't do it a second time!


Edited by Jimbo (06/01/17 04:39 PM)
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#12274698 - 06/02/17 07:03 AM Re: Have newfound respect for hardcore yakkers [Re: Uncle Zeek]
bert Offline
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Loc: Garland, TX, USA
Once they get over 20 lbs there is a balancing act to get them in the boat too. I net then use fish grips if trebles are involved as said above.
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#12274979 - 06/02/17 09:28 AM Re: Have newfound respect for hardcore yakkers [Re: Uncle Zeek]
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Fish Grips and a net are well worth the cost lol
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#12275090 - 06/02/17 10:21 AM Re: Have newfound respect for hardcore yakkers [Re: Uncle Zeek]
karstopo Online   content
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Registered: 05/22/16
Posts: 319
Loc: Brazoria County
Fish gloves, nets, and grips are nice. I stuck a 2X size 2 VMC treble through my left thumb past the barb when the 4 pound redfish I was holding slipped out of my grasp. It was not pleasant having that thrashing fish still attached to the skitterwalk and the skitterwalk attached to my thumb. There were some tense moments trying to separate the fish from me and having one hand out of commission made things kind of tough. I couldn't remove the hook on my own and the position on my thumb made paddling almost impossible. Luckily, I was about 100 yards upwind of the launch when the self hooking happened so I was able to get to urgent care for the removal and antibiotic and tetanus booster.

These days, I almost always fly fish the same waters and I tend to mash down the barbs. No big trebles to worry about. Now I just have to be careful of hooking myself during the cast. I now carry side cutters to cut through imbedded hooks. You can't always rely on hook removal with a string trick, especially fishing solo.

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#12275139 - 06/02/17 10:39 AM Re: Have newfound respect for hardcore yakkers [Re: Uncle Zeek]
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I think I've tried most everything and settled on a small landing net (at least big enough for the fish's head to fit in), needle nose pliers for retrieving deeply inhaled plugs, and a pair of Lindy gloves. I rarely use the glove for fresh water fishing but they come in handy when handling white bass and channel cat. Am sure they would save some wear and tear on your skin if you were grabbing a big cat. In the salt water I wouldn't launch without the gloves, too many fish with teeth or poisonous spines and sharp gill plates. Never cared for using a gaff of any kind or baseball bat... I tried. If you don't like seeing your own blood, get the Lindy gloves.








I haven't used the gloves when petting this guy, but have considered it.
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#12275515 - 06/02/17 02:20 PM Re: Have newfound respect for hardcore yakkers [Re: Uncle Zeek]
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Big game fishing is the most exciting thing ever. Thats my opinion ofcourse. It can be tricky, some prioritise space in the cockpit. For me its big net or hands on also the ocational rope. Knowing your kayak and gear is important. I make sure to back off my drag preasure when they get close to the yak. Those hail mary runs can roll ya. Its worth it. So much fun
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#12275573 - 06/02/17 02:46 PM Re: Have newfound respect for hardcore yakkers [Re: Uncle Zeek]
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Rubber landing net, check.

Boga-grip or similar tool, check.

Upgrade to an elevated seat with a better backrest, check.
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#12275824 - 06/02/17 04:57 PM Re: Have newfound respect for hardcore yakkers [Re: Uncle Zeek]
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Registered: 09/27/13
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Who needs a net?


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#12280879 - 06/06/17 09:48 AM Re: Have newfound respect for hardcore yakkers [Re: Uncle Zeek]
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