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#12291261 - 06/13/17 12:15 AM hooked a fish in the tongue
nate king Offline
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Registered: 01/18/05
Posts: 4730
Loc: Rockwall, Tejas
Caught a fish that went about 7lbs today. I was fishing a pond. So I had no stay alive with me. The hook was very hard to remove. so i just cut the line, left the hook in and let it go. Fish was bleeding pretty bad. Should I have just kept it? Was leaving the hook in there giving it a better survival chance? I watched a guy catch an 8lber the day before and keep it. So I hated to see another big fish bite the dust.


Edited by nate king (06/13/17 12:16 AM)
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Originally Posted By: Anchorman
I'm thinking Nate is probably right.

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#12291275 - 06/13/17 01:15 AM Re: hooked a fish in the tongue [Re: nate king]
cbeathard Offline
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Registered: 04/29/17
Posts: 41
Loc: Denton Tx
im no biologist but i imagine that fish died or will die. in the future run the hook back thru and pull the shank and eye out. fish still might have died but it would have had a better chance being able to feed without a hook in it.

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#12291293 - 06/13/17 04:02 AM Re: hooked a fish in the tongue [Re: nate king]
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Registered: 08/20/03
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Loc: Frisco, Texas
Tongue hook even if removed usually kills the bass

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#12291305 - 06/13/17 04:51 AM Re: hooked a fish in the tongue [Re: RedRanger]
nate king Offline
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Registered: 01/18/05
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Loc: Rockwall, Tejas
Originally Posted By: RedRanger
Tongue hook even if removed usually kills the bass


Yea, he even swam off like a sore loser. Hated that it happened. On the up side, found prob the best pond I have ever found
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I'm thinking Nate is probably right.

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#12291485 - 06/13/17 08:27 AM Re: hooked a fish in the tongue [Re: nate king]
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Registered: 03/04/09
Posts: 2375
Loc: Shady Shores,Tx
I got lucky last night, tongue hooked a four pounder, luckily the hook went all the way through. I cut the barb off, slid it out, and she swam right off banana

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#12291811 - 06/13/17 11:28 AM Re: hooked a fish in the tongue [Re: nate king]
Big Red 12 Offline
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Tongue hooked fish are hard to keep alive for some reason. Even if you remove the hook.
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#12292346 - 06/13/17 04:20 PM Re: hooked a fish in the tongue [Re: nate king]
El Skeeter Offline
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Registered: 06/22/12
Posts: 523
Loc: Kissimmee,FL
In tournaments if a fish gets tongue hooked and its not a 4 or above I let it go,IT WILL DIE, because the tongue is supposedly
full of blood vessels. Tongue hooked one last time out, let it go, it kept swimming in circles and flopping.

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#12292473 - 06/13/17 05:34 PM Re: hooked a fish in the tongue [Re: nate king]
Jake Shannon(Skeet4Life) Online   content
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Buddy did same thing last week caught a 5lber and she was bleeding everywhere. She took a 5/0 flipping hook to the tonge.
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#12292575 - 06/13/17 06:53 PM Re: hooked a fish in the tongue [Re: nate king]
EastTexasBassin Online   content
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Registered: 07/15/09
Posts: 998
Loc: Lake Ray Hubbard
I hooked a fish in the tongue in a tournament. Got the hook out and got her in the livewell pretty quick, but she was belly up within 60 seconds. She wasn't even bleeding that bad. I couldn't believe how fast it happened.


Edited by EastTexasBassin (06/13/17 06:53 PM)

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#12292636 - 06/13/17 07:26 PM Re: hooked a fish in the tongue [Re: nate king]
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Registered: 11/02/14
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Loc: Red Oak, Galveston, and Pagosa...
It's a bass....it's brain is in it's tounge. That's why we can catch them on "food" that doesn't taste or look like food. Haha
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#12292909 - 06/13/17 09:29 PM Re: hooked a fish in the tongue [Re: nate king]
DeepEastTXFishing Offline
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Registered: 09/29/16
Posts: 38
Has anyone tried the Coke trick with a tongue hooked fish? I've done it when they were bleeding from other areas but never the tongue.

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#12293150 - 06/14/17 06:58 AM Re: hooked a fish in the tongue [Re: nate king]
GarySHO Offline
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Registered: 07/23/10
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Loc: Haworth, Ok
I have given them a shot of mountain dew. Sometimes it works, sometimes it don't.
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#12293902 - 06/14/17 01:01 PM Re: hooked a fish in the tongue [Re: nate king]
ToledoBassin Offline
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Registered: 12/26/11
Posts: 227
Loc: Toledo Bend
Bleeding or not, most tounge hooked fish die. I've yet to keep one alive that I've tounge hooked.

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