Originally Posted by mudbug
Might as well take him home and eat him if you are gonna do that.
Actually, if you get in the gill plate and not between the gills you won't hurt them. On some fish like Pike you really need to be careful on doing that, not just because you don't want to hurt the fish, but because some of them, like pike have very hard and sharp parts on their gills. It can do almost as much damage to your hand as shoving it right into their mouth and letting them chomp you a couple of times. I've seen more than one seriously bloody hand from a bad shot at grabbing a Pike.