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Old 07-01-2009, 05:41 PM
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Default Boga or Net

Which do you think is easier on the fish. I saw a post on another forum where several large Trout were caught. All of them hanging from a Boga for a picture.
I was under the assumption, this was not good on trout. Like hanging by their tail, it displaces the inners.
On the other hand, most nets remove protective film.
So, which is better in Catch and Release?
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Old 07-01-2009, 06:05 PM
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Joni,

I think a net - especially a release net with fish-friendly mesh- would be a lot easier on trout. I'd worry about breaking a trout's jaw too and/or ripping the mouth or that skinny section of skin and tissue on the belly side where the gills attach. It would be a lot of weight all hanging from one spot, instead of a net where the fish's weight would be supported over a larger area.

Lots of guys use bocas in saltwater around here, but it's usually for fish with teeth like bluefish, or bigger fish like stripers that have pretty strong jaws, and if they're big would have a hard time fitting in a net. The fish seem to do OK as long as they're not swung around on one. Even then they're usually supported in water or with a hand (except a quick lift if you want to get a weight) then supported again and back in the water.

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Default Re: Boga or Net

The newer nets seem better for protecting the fishes sides, but it you want ultimate catch and release what about the Ketchum Release? I fish with a an Arkansan who slide the release on the tippet and just taps the fly out all with the fish still on the water. I personally rarely use my net unless I'm up against a spunky and bigger fish which won't calm down. I bring smaller trout to me and quickly use my forceps to undo the hook with the fish still in the water. I'd save the Boga for the Reds, Specks, Blues, or Snooks. I may consider a Ketchum myself...
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Old 07-02-2009, 10:49 AM
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I use a clear rubber net from Cabela's and I think it works quite well for protecting the fish. It's a lot easier getting hooks out of the net too especially if you fish with people that don't debarb thier hooks!
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Joni,

This may sound a bit self ingratiating but I have no trouble bringing all but the largest trout simply to my hand. Having really big hands is definitely an advantage. I don't squeeze them and I always have a wet hand before I reach for a fish. Every now and then one gives me a tussle with gyrations and flopping around like crazy and they usually unhook themselves.

With larger fish I like to bring them into the shallow water and slip out the hook without handling the fish if I can manage it.

Here's one getting the hook out;

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Here's a slightly larger model from the same run. If they don't leave on their own I try to point them in the right direction.

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Default Re: Boga or Net

Boga's are definitely hard on heavy fish if you lift them from the water, but who says you have to do that. (Then again, if I paid $140 or whatever for the sucker, I'd wanna use that scale too.)

I'm planning on getting one of these Rising - 2008 - Improving the fishing Experience
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Easy on the fish, much lighter than a boga, and $26. Sounds like a winner to me.

However, for small trout, I'd agree that a Ketchum Release is ideal, due to the size of their mouths. And not handling the body of the fish with net or hands will always be ideal.
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This is what I have. Very handy for big toothies
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I've got one of those Lippa4Life's that Cliff mentioned, except that I got the all-aluminum model before they came out with the composite model (wish I'd waited, because the composite equivalent is 1/4 the price of the aluminum one (although I managed to get mine for less). They work great, and really help in getting the hook out with a minimum of harm to the fish.
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