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Fizzing on cnr?

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Here’s a question for y’all, since I’ve only lately been getting decent at deep offshore fishing- if you’re fishing catch n release, is it good practice to fizz or fin clip for a few before release, or are they ok to go back down in that short of time? I’ve never really considered it till lately, especially in kayak tourneys where you photograph the fish on a measuring board, then immediately release it, instead of the usual tossing it in the live well. 

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I’ve never had a problem releasing them straight after catching them but if you are going to have in live well for a bit you need to fizz or fin clip 

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steve - everything I've read/heard/been told says when you release right away there's no need to fizz.  it's when you carry them around in your live well all day long that drives the requirement to fizz.

 

I use the fin clips.  fizzing isn't something to be undertaken lightly.  you can ruin a fish as easily as you can help.  clips are a safe, non-invasive alternative.  they work.

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Steve- I’ve only had one instance where I was catch/release fishing and had to fizz one. It was on Cherokee and the fish got caught in some deep brush, after several minutes I finally got the fish out of the brush pile. I immediately released him and all he would do is float upside down. After seeing he wouldn’t go back down, he got the needle. Problem solved and fish swims away at Mach I. But, like others I have gone to fin clips in Tournament situations. In several of the site tournaments it has saved our bacon as every fish was floating upside down in the livewell without the use of fin clips. 

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Thanks for the 411, fellas. God willing I ever get time to fish a boat tourney, I definitely use fin clips. I was just curious about catch and release, and the yak tourneys with quick release. They seem to go back down fine, but I didn’t know if it hurt them long term or not. 

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You'll eventually have one , CPR, that will roll over and neither clips or fizz will help. They get pretty stressed in warmer water when you play them out.

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