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Largemouth Bass...can?t unhook!

Discussion in 'Fishing Forum' started by Master Zero, Aug 8, 2007.

  1. Master Zero

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    Largemouth Bass...can’t unhook!

    Good afternoon all;

    I went fishing today and caught my first Largemouth Bass (it’s been my dream since day one). The thing is, I recently discovered that this fish has a fishing line coming out of its mouth. This can only mean that their might be a hook attached at the end of it. I try to gently pull on it, but it wasn’t coming out, and it seems to bother the Bass.

    At one point I got to seem inside its mouth while it was doing some deep breathing in the corner of the tank. I think I might have seen what looked like a hook, but I am not sure.

    Any advice on what I should do? Do you think he can live like this, or is his time limited if not removed?

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  2. unbeatablec

    unbeatablec Lives in Michigan

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    Try those fish hook removal rods, that you put in there mouth and twist
     
  3. Master Zero

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    The thing is I don’t really know how deep down its throat the hook is. I think this might be one risky operation if attempted by me. Do you think a vet can do such a job?
     
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    this may sound bad but the hook will eventualy rust and fall out then will be passed. if it bothers him its probably the line so maby instead of risking more damage you cut the line as far back as you can then keep an eye on it. it realy should only take at most a month i would assume, hooks seem to rust pretty fast. good luck in whatever you do hope it turns out for the best.

    also by the red eyes, light green and the vertical stripes i think that is a smallmouth bass. only because i do a lot of largemouth fishing.
     
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    Just leave it where it is...you will do more harm trying to get it out...The acid in the fishes throat will eat the hook up.

    Did you bring it home and put it in your tank ? :(
     
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    unbeatablec Lives in Michigan

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    your best bet would be to yank out the hook and eat it ;)
     
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    :lol:
     
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    largemouth bass

    I may be wrong but I am almost 100% positive that your fish is a smallmouth bass. As for the hook, don't bother taking it out, it will come out in a couple of days. Sounds to me by the way you described that it swallowed the hook, The angler who caught the fish did the right thing by cutting the line because if the hook were removed it would be fatal to the fish. The fishes' digestive juices will eat through the hook and it will be just like new. You could cut the line with fingernail clippers as close the hook as you can and it will alleviate most discomfort. I hope i helped, good luck!
     
  9. Master Zero

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    Yes you guys did help me a lot, but also destroyed my dreams of catching the big one in the process... :( I guess its back to the lakes for me… :) And yes I took it home with me. I’ll cut the line as far back as I can.

    Thanks again!
     
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    Plecosterone We don't need no stinking badges!

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    Looks like a smallmouth to me too. In largemouth the mouth goes further back under the eyes.
     
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    ct-death Fish & Visitors Smell in 3 Days...

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    DO you plan on starting a tank of Bass!?! They require a LOT of space and are ultra-Aggressive! Not to mention the other issues

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    mademperor Go Go Rock Bass!

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    Good luck with your bass! I feed mine Rossy reds and Krill and he is doing great =D

    Trying to get him to try dry food still lol.

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    Beautiful bass... but I usually throw them back . . . especially if they are under 30cm...
     
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    mcox3 Veritas Aequitas

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    I've always wanted a native species tank...

    sunfish, channel cats and sm bass...
     
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    yeppers...as mentioned above...the hook (unless it is a lure) will eventually rot out and disovle. the actual hook will disolve and maybe it will spit out the rest of the lure. just open its mouth and cut the line as far down as you can. it will be fine. just don't go in and tugging around it.
     
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    Question: do you have any other fish in the tank?




    BTW: I'm in the camp of eating it. :)
     
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    jtburf I want to hunt these.

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    HOW DID YOU GET IT HOME????
     
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    He was in there with three other Sunfish (two of which are babies and one 4-5 inch green sunfish), one Pacu, a Tiger Oscar, an Angel fish, and a Sliver Arowana. They are in a 125 gallon tank, but will soon be upgraded to 300 gallon. Sadly, the Bass did not survive the night… :(

    I am not really going for a Bass tank, but I always wanted to have one. I want a rare fish that can’t be brought, and I will try once more on Tuesday. This time a lot of time will be spent on the acclamation process...I am so depress...

    Oh, and I got him home in a mini Rubbermaid (not a cooler, but could be used) look a like. Equivalent to a 15+ gallon tank...

    Your tank and Bass looks beautiful Mademperor. I wished my Bass had survived. If only...
     
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    If only you had put him back after you caught it then it probably would have survived
     
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    Hope you didn't eat him then.


    IF you decide to catch one from the wild and bring him home...put him in QT for a couple of weeks. Don't mix him with your other fish. You're lucky you didn't loose all your fish...due to an infection, parasite, etc...
     

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