texasfishingforum.com logo
Main Menu
Advertisement
Affiliates
Advertisement
Newest Members
cbatman, PuzzledOaks, BassPontoon, Stash2319, 68wicked
113938 Registered Users
Top Posters(All Time)
TexDawg 97,715
hopalong 90,707
Pilothawk 80,364
John175☮ 77,777
Bigbob_FTW 67,806
JDavis7873 67,400
Derek 🐝 65,195
Mark Perry 60,988
Tritonman 59,004
facebook
Forum Statistics
Forums62
Topics782,744
Posts9,935,633
Members113,938
Most Online36,273
Jan 23rd, 2013
Print Thread
Page 1 of 3 1 2 3
Kicking myself - Dead bass in neighborhood pond #13669422 08/16/20 01:44 AM
Joined: Jul 2020
Posts: 20
M
M. Putnam Offline OP
Outdoorsman
OP Offline
Outdoorsman
M
Joined: Jul 2020
Posts: 20
Tonight I was fishing one of my usual little neighborhood ponds. It's a tiny little pond, less than an acre, right in the middle of our subdivision. It's a very popular spot for people to fish, particularly families with their kids.

I was using a T-rig 5" Senko. First catch was a 1.3 pounder. Second catch was a bigger one at 2.5 pounds. This second fish, unfortunately, got hooked through the gullet. The fight didn't last too long, and I lipped him out of the water right at the bank. I got the worm out of the way and approached the hook with my needle-nose pliers via the gill plate area on the side--a technique I've seen on YouTube many times when specifically studying what to do when hooking a bass in the gullet. I pushed the hook through the eye-end instead of the barb end. Worked like a champ, no tearing, no blood. The fish was still struggling. I did put it on my scale via the gill plate, got the measurement, snapped a pic on my phone then put him back in the water. All told he was probably out of the water for about 45 seconds. I held him for a bit while he slowly wiggled, and then I let him go. He went down toward the bottom of the bank.

I started tending to my rod and getting my bait situated again. When I turned back to the water, I saw the fish floating in the water. With the tip of my rod I nudged him back toward the bank, gently cradled him while still in the water and tried to move him so water would flow through his gills and maybe get him going (fish CPR?). He acted like he was coming back to life again so I backed away.

While he wriggled a bit ultimately he just stopped moving. By this time he was a good 15 or 20 feet from the bank, and I couldn't reach him.

So, now I feel like [censored]. It's a tiny pond, and that's a good-sized fish that I likely killed. On top of that I'm worried about neighbors or their kids seeing the dead bass in the pond. I guess my questions are, Should I have taken the fish out of the water when I had the chance so that it wasn't left there floating? But really was there anything else I could have done as far as how I approached landing the fish and removing the hook?

Thanks for hearing me out. Appreciate any guidance y'all might have.

-Mark

Moritz Chevrolet - 9101 Camp Bowie W Blvd, Fort Worth, TX - Monte Coon (817) 696-2003
Re: Kicking myself - Dead bass in neighborhood pond [Re: M. Putnam] #13669437 08/16/20 01:52 AM
Joined: Oct 2009
Posts: 5,737
R
rj74955 Offline
TFF Celebrity
Offline
TFF Celebrity
R
Joined: Oct 2009
Posts: 5,737
popcorn

Re: Kicking myself - Dead bass in neighborhood pond [Re: M. Putnam] #13669442 08/16/20 01:55 AM
Joined: Oct 2013
Posts: 2,173
U
UTDmiller Offline
Extreme Angler
Offline
Extreme Angler
U
Joined: Oct 2013
Posts: 2,173
Just a fish, you did more than most to try and revive it. I wouldnt worry about it


John Miller
Re: Kicking myself - Dead bass in neighborhood pond [Re: M. Putnam] #13669470 08/16/20 02:23 AM
Joined: Jul 2006
Posts: 41,541
RATZ Online Happy
Activity Coordinator
Online Happy
Activity Coordinator
Joined: Jul 2006
Posts: 41,541
Why didn’t you try mouth to mouth?


If God is your co-pilot then change seats



[Linked Image][Linked Image][Linked Image]
Re: Kicking myself - Dead bass in neighborhood pond [Re: RATZ] #13669475 08/16/20 02:24 AM
Joined: Jul 2020
Posts: 20
M
M. Putnam Offline OP
Outdoorsman
OP Offline
Outdoorsman
M
Joined: Jul 2020
Posts: 20
Originally Posted by RATZ
Why didn’t you try mouth to mouth?


COVID.

Re: Kicking myself - Dead bass in neighborhood pond [Re: M. Putnam] #13669481 08/16/20 02:31 AM
Joined: Oct 2019
Posts: 254
C
Cuervo Jones Online Content
Angler
Online Content
Angler
C
Joined: Oct 2019
Posts: 254
Crayfish and turtles gotta eat too.


“Slide”
Re: Kicking myself - Dead bass in neighborhood pond [Re: M. Putnam] #13669484 08/16/20 02:32 AM
Joined: Oct 2006
Posts: 3,976
H
Hook'em79 Offline
TFF Team Angler
Offline
TFF Team Angler
H
Joined: Oct 2006
Posts: 3,976
It will be fine, chances are something will run off with it tonight and take care of it for you. It happens.


God, Family, Friends
www.sterlingtractor.com

Re: Kicking myself - Dead bass in neighborhood pond [Re: M. Putnam] #13669486 08/16/20 02:32 AM
Joined: Sep 2011
Posts: 2,567
Minner Bucket Online Content
Extreme Angler
Online Content
Extreme Angler
Joined: Sep 2011
Posts: 2,567
Originally Posted by M. Putnam
Originally Posted by RATZ
Why didn’t you try mouth to mouth?


COVID.


clap

Re: Kicking myself - Dead bass in neighborhood pond [Re: M. Putnam] #13669497 08/16/20 02:37 AM
Joined: Nov 2014
Posts: 10,381
S
SteezMacQueen Online Happy
TFF Guru
Online Happy
TFF Guru
S
Joined: Nov 2014
Posts: 10,381
Repent!


Eat. Sleep. Fish.
Re: Kicking myself - Dead bass in neighborhood pond [Re: M. Putnam] #13669504 08/16/20 02:40 AM
Joined: Sep 2004
Posts: 1,091
Joel McBride Offline
Extreme Angler
Offline
Extreme Angler
Joined: Sep 2004
Posts: 1,091
If you're taking a pic of a 2.5 pounder you should probably be on the Red River!!

Re: Kicking myself - Dead bass in neighborhood pond [Re: M. Putnam] #13669513 08/16/20 02:46 AM
Joined: Apr 2005
Posts: 2,420
J
John Peebles Offline
Extreme Angler
Offline
Extreme Angler
J
Joined: Apr 2005
Posts: 2,420
Why not just snag it with a topwater bait.

Re: Kicking myself - Dead bass in neighborhood pond [Re: Joel McBride] #13669521 08/16/20 02:57 AM
Joined: Oct 2007
Posts: 7,559
Jons3825 Offline
" Mod Alert"
Offline
" Mod Alert"
Joined: Oct 2007
Posts: 7,559
Originally Posted by Joel McBride
If you're taking a pic of a 2.5 pounder you should probably be on the Red River!!

roflmao



PM me for diving info or for recovery quote's.
LIKE the TFF on Facebook - www.facebook.com/texasfishingforum
Originally Posted By: Brad
I will be back. I'm never truly gone
Re: Kicking myself - Dead bass in neighborhood pond [Re: M. Putnam] #13669556 08/16/20 03:51 AM
Joined: Feb 2013
Posts: 33,566
F
Frank the Tank Online Content
TFF Guru
Online Content
TFF Guru
F
Joined: Feb 2013
Posts: 33,566
so how did it taste after you fried it? I hope you added a shot or 2 of the lady to your batter.


LFF
Re: Kicking myself - Dead bass in neighborhood pond [Re: UTDmiller] #13669566 08/16/20 03:59 AM
Joined: Jul 2010
Posts: 56,536
banker-always fishing Online Content
Super Freak
Online Content
Super Freak
Joined: Jul 2010
Posts: 56,536
Originally Posted by UTDmiller
Just a fish, you did more than most to try and revive it. I wouldnt worry about it





Plus #1. thumb


[Linked Image][Linked Image]

IGFA World Record Rio Grande Cichlid. Lake Dunlap.

John 3:16

Sinner's Prayer. God forgive me a sinner. I accept Jesus Christ as my Savior !
Re: Kicking myself - Dead bass in neighborhood pond [Re: M. Putnam] #13669776 08/16/20 01:47 PM
Joined: Oct 2006
Posts: 11,615
Ken A. Online Content
TFF Guru
Online Content
TFF Guru
Joined: Oct 2006
Posts: 11,615
Originally Posted by M. Putnam

So, now I feel like [censored]. It's a tiny pond, and that's a good-sized fish that I likely killed. On top of that I'm worried about neighbors or their kids seeing the dead bass in the pond. I guess my questions are, Should I have taken the fish out of the water when I had the chance so that it wasn't left there floating? But really was there anything else I could have done as far as how I approached landing the fish and removing the hook?

Thanks for hearing me out. Appreciate any guidance y'all might have.

-Mark


Your siggy doesn't say where you are so I will just assume you are in TX. When the water temp is 90 degrees there will be some fish you simply cannot revive that get hooked in the gullet. It's part of fishing. I've had fish die in my livewell that were not hooked in the gullet but tongue hooked. And that was with ice to cool the water & Sure Life treatment with the aerators running wide open.

If you are that concerned about folks seeing a dead fish in the tiny pond, run over there this morning and look around the shoreline. The fish should be floating against the leeward bank so you can remove him.

Page 1 of 3 1 2 3
Previous Thread
Index
Next Thread


© 1998-2019 OUTDOOR SITES NETWORK all rights reserved USA and Worldwide
Powered by UBB.threads™ PHP Forum Software 7.7.3