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Old 08-20-2007, 11:42 AM
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Question Stomach Pumps

How Many of you use a stomach pump & does anyone have any data on the Trout mortality #'s when you use them? I was told that unless you use them correctly you'll injure the fish, so I don't use one.
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Old 08-20-2007, 11:57 AM
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Hi FISHN50,

Good question. I don't do it so there is no chance that I might injure a fish. I think a much better approach is a small screen net to collect samples of what is in the river. Even if you have to turn over a few rocks. I will leave stomach pumps to the experts.
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Old 08-20-2007, 03:20 PM
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I was told to pick one up from a buddy of mine. but after reading the details of how to use one, I think it would be much safer for me to get a mesh net like frank said. if I wanted to know what is in a fishes stomach I would hire a team of marine biologist and icthyologist to do the reasearch.
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Old 08-20-2007, 04:04 PM
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Yes, a mesh net is more humane. Using a stomach pump robs a fish of it's food and energy. If theres a dead fish on the shore that recently died, you could pump it's stomach.
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Good post. I've been addicted to mesh. Usually before throwing a line I'll seine for about 20 min. It can be helpfull, but some times when the water is too deep it just doesn't work. What I'm going to do is put longer handles on the mesh to get deeper. The big problem is carrying the thing for the rest of the day. I do find it helpful. Also carry a small hand lense to help identify the smaller insects. S.D.
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Never use one. I've always used a screen. The less that I handle a fish, the better off he is.
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I have never used one and never would. It is much more fun to explore the area and discover. Mesh, water samples and rock turning for me.
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Old 08-21-2007, 03:28 AM
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I have never used one and never would. It is much more fun to explore the area and discover. Mesh, water samples and rock turning for me.
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You make a good point. It is fun to turn over a few rocks to see what you can find. It is one of the quickest ways to figure out what is going on in the stream.
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Default Re: Stomach Pumps

i think most people when they use a stomach pump use it incorrectly and really jab the pump deep into the fish. can you imagine? of course that potentially increases the risk of injury. i've read the correct way is to flush the fish's mouth with stream/lake water and that flushes some of what its had to eat into the pump. it is not inserted into the fish. i read this somewhere, i think from a fisheries biologist's site. completely unattributed so take it with a grain of salt but i post it to hopefully open some eyes. either way, no, i would not use a stomach pump.

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Old 08-27-2007, 04:34 AM
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I have used one but I only use it on fish that I have decided to keep already, just saves me cutting it open, lets me know more of what they are eating.
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