The below report was written about 10 years ago by Paul Mauck when he worked at the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation.
Paul oversaw the Southcentral Region for many years and currently Matt Mauck holds that position.
Currently a Texoma fishing guide, Paul supplied SOG with many reports and information and Matt has continued to do this. In return, SOG along with government matching funds bought both TX & OK Blue Wave boats. I saw these boats yesterday in action fishing kids at Canp Cavett.
Report by Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation,
The actual report can be found at http://www.sixoldgeezers.com/wildlife.html
Since lots of folks can't find their way there, I copied Paul's report and here it is.
Steps to Reduce Striped Bass Hooking Mortality From Fish Caught
in Deep WaterFish as shallow as possible: If fish are in 60 feet water try catching
them at 30 feet rather than at a depth of 50 feet, this helps reduce the
When bait fishing, use circle-type hooks, designed for hooking fish in
the mouth: One that has been successful is the Mustad "Croker Hook" size
1/0 to 2/0.
Release fish along side of boat to reduce handling stress. Be sure to
wet hands and towels before grabbing the fish. Boga grips are good tools
for holding fish while removing hooks.
Cut line and gently release deep hooked fish.
When a limit of big fish (2 fish 20" or longer in length) are caught,
move and find a school of smaller box fish rather than staying and
releasing fish tat want to float. Try to leave space in your limit for a
fish or two that can't be revived.
As a last resort, fizz floating striped bass by using a #18 -1 1/2 " or
2" hypodermic needle. See diagram and explanation. Hold fish in water
along side of boat and let air bubble out till bubbles stop and fish swims
Prepared by Paul Mauck
Fizzing Striped Bass
Striped bass, like most fishes, adjust their buoyancy so they can Information proved by the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation,
maintain their vertical position in the water without actively swimming.
Stripers adjust their buoyancy by the gas bladder. The gas bladder in fish
operates like a buoyancy-compensating device used by a SCUBA diver. As
depth increases, pressure increases and the gas compresses (occupies less
To maintain neutral buoyancy, the fish adds gas to the gas bladder.
When the fish ascends, pressure decreases, the volume of gas in the bladder
expands, and buoyancy increases.
Stripers can remove gas from the bladder with the gas gland, but this
is a relatively slow process. Therefore, a striper quickly displaced from
deep water to shallow water is helplessly buoyant and suffers "the bends".
Behavioral symptoms of stripers with buoyancy problems include fish
that remain at the surface after release and fish that lie on their side or
assume a "head-down" posture. These fish can be depressurized by using an
18-gauge needle at 1 1/2 to 2 inches in length.
Insert the hypodermic needle under a scale, through the skin, and into
the body cavity to puncture the gas bladder. The location of insertion is
important, because sticking a vital organ, such as the closely located
kidney, can kill the fish. To locate the point of insertion, insert the
needle where the tip of the pectoral fin touches the 2nd stripe below the
lateral line (see diagram).
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