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92 Boating New Zealand April 2014 That way there’s no risk of removing slime and scales. Avoid squeezing the gill plate or gut regions and keep your fingers out of the gills. Fingers easily damage fragile gill membranes, which can seriously injure the fish, while pressure to the abdomen can damage internal organs. Consider using barbless hooks. Barbless hooks are less damaging to hooked fish and easier to remove. Fish also shed barbless hooks more easily than barbed hooks, which often work their way deeper into a fish’s body. Losing the odd hook in a fish is unavoidable, but fish have a much better chance of surviving if the hook is barbless. To make hooks barbless, squeeze the barb flat with a pair of pliers. You won’t lose any more fish to barbless hooks if your rod technique is good: keep a working bend in your rod at all times and avoid giving any slack line. Use stainless steel hooks. Although many anglers believe lost hooks embedded in fish rust out, studies have shown this process takes a long time. For the victim, infection is common and sometimes fatal. Stainless steel hooks don’t rust and fish take longer to shed them, but because stainless steel is relatively inert, stainless hooks left in fish are less damaging than other hook types. Some of the anti-corrosion coatings on steel hooks – cadmium, for instance – may contribute to fish mortality. Remove hooks using long-nosed pliers or similar de-hooking tools. Avoid lifting deeply hooked fish on the line and don’t use a gobstick to unhook them for release. Instead, cut the line as close to the fish’s mouth as possible. Survival rates for gut-hooked fish that have been studied are low, but tearing/twisting a hook out is a death sentence. Properly support a fish when it’s out of the water. Cradle bigger fish in the crook of your arm, supporting their body weight. Don’t lift a big fish by the tail or by the gill plate. Lures invariably hook fish in the mouth, which offers the best chance of survival after being released. 0414-21 Breathe Confident... Breathe Coltri® air With decades of world wide experience in high pressure breathing air compressors, fill stations, and air storage, the Italian designed and manufactured Coltri® compressors are the professional’s choice for durable and reliable breathing air systems. Air Technology was established in 1982 to meet the needs of many diverse applications, including SCUBA, SCBA, Fire Stations, Police, Military, Rescue Units, Paintball, Shipboard Breathing Air and Industrial and Recreational Breathing Air applications. We can also build CUSTOM SYSTEMS to fit unique customer needs. Contact us now: Ross Irvine. P:09-478 9995 M: 021 678 359 E: firstname.lastname@example.org Ovlov Marine LimitedEst 1978 Ph 09 377 4285 Fax 09 377 9665 Email email@example.com 142 Beaumont Street, Westhaven www.ovlov.co.nz D4- 180 4 CYL Common rail diesel 180hp@ 2800RPM including electronic controls Plus Gearbox options • HS 45AE 2.03:1 • HS 63AE 2.04:1 • HS 63VE 2.48:1 (Veedrive) D4-180 bobtailed $27520 +GST repower Special - one only 0414-94 REGULAR_Out of ocean_April14.indd 92 19/03/2014 11:38:18 a.m.
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