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Texas Angler

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I've been fishing Texoma for decades and never had this happen before.  I caught two overs Sunday evening and neither one of them would swim away once I released them back in the water.  

As soon as I caught them I immediately released them back into the water.  They would just float on their side and flap in the water.  I even held then by their tail in the water for several minutes hoping they would swim away freely.  I caught them in 25-30 ft. of water.  I completely understand this happening if I caught them in 50ft or deeper water.

I was not planning to clean fish this trip but ended up keeping them any ways.

I thought this was odd that both fish did this and has never happened to me before until now.  Anyone experience this happening?

I've read the post on putting a tiny hole in their air bladder with a small needle. 
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Water getting hot will contribute to this.
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They might be in shock, hold them upright in the water awhile. If you want a fish go below the Dam when they open the gates, they will be hundreds flopping on the shore.
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Last Friday night on Lake lavon fishing off point in 15 fow, every undersize crappie we caught did the same thing.  Was pretty sure it wasn't thermocline so it must have been shock and hot water (87 degrees).
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Water is really really hot and it got there really really fast definitely discouraging catch and release right now just keep what you need and leave them alone
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^^^^ This ^^^^
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Yep , to hot . 


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TA - Not sure if this help you but a trick I use with my 4.5' long net handle that extends out to 9' long - is I put the fish back  in the net and push it 9' deep in the water and then twist it the directions the head of the fish for a minute or so. It get the fish down past the hot surface water and into cooler water with more oxygen. Give it a try and see if helps you too.
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Thanks for the tip, will definitely try that if we have to release any!
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