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All catch-and-release sportfishers have a responsibility to ensure that fish
are released in healthy condition to maximise their chances of survival. Predatek
is proud to offer the GOB-LOC as an aid to that philosophy.
The GOB-LOC claws close on themselves with just the fish's membranous tissue
between them. They do not clamp on the fish's jaws. This means the fish's
possible violent movements are not restricted to the extent that
the jaw bone could be broken.
Here are some general tips to consider when handling fish that are to be
- Speed: When weighing, measuring, or photographing fish,
work quickly to minimise the time the fish spends out of the water. Also,
the colours of the fish won't die and you'll get better photos.
- Keep fish damp: Minimise touching the fish with dry hands
or letting it come in contact with a dry surface. If the fish should be
brought aboard your boat and laid on the floor, use a wet towel to protect
its mucous coating.
- Reviver breaks: If you need to spend some time on photography,
return the fish to water at intervals to give it reviver breaks
while restraining it with the GOB-LOC.
- Avoid heat stress: If the surface
layer of the water is very warm (summer impoundment conditions), tie a security
rope to the GOB-LOC lanyard and lower the fish a few metres under the water
while you prepare your camera equipment and plan the photos. It will be
much happier at depth.
- Avoid visceral and skeletal stress: This applies particularly
to large fish. Avoid holding fish vertically for photographs. Not only can
it place stress on the fish's viscera (internal organs) or jaw structures,
it doesn't make for great photos!
It looks better if the fish is displayed horizontally, with a wet hand supporting
the tail section near the vent, without putting pressure on the fish's abdomen.
- Use a weighing sling: To weigh large fish, it's better
to hold them in a sling of some kind (e.g. shadecloth, wet fabric), grasping
the sling eyelets, rather than the fish jaw, with the GOB-LOC during the
Tony Schultz shows the fish friendly way to support a bass for photographs.
Note the fingers supporting fish near vent, avoiding compression of its abdomen
and internal organs.
The ethic of catch and release sportfishing dictates that fish be handled
with respect and care. Predatek's GOB-LOC can assist anglers in that endeavour.
Click to enlarge (Rob Smith photo).