We've all seen the videos online of fishermen getting bitten, and often very injured, by small juvenile sharks. There are a few things to remember when handling these feisty, toothy critters to make sure both yourself and the animal remain uninjured.
When using circle hooks, the best practice to release these fish is using a de-hooking device, keeping the shark in the water, and your hands well away from its razor sharp teeth. If you catch the shark on an artificial lure where the hooks cannot be retrieved with the use of a de-hooker, just take your time and do not try to release the shark by yourself.
Once you have a safe, firm grip on it, have either the angler or another person on the boat use pliers to remove the hooks. This will ensure you will not lose control of the situation and end up with a ruined fishing trip and a hospital trip ending in stitches.
To see the proper way to calmly, efficiently and safely handle a small shark, check out the video below.
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Each of the fish we fish for have ways that they can be held safely. There are very few fish that we catch that do not have dangerous parts. Teeth, sharp fins, bills or gill rakers can all cause damage to your hands while other fish just react wildly to being held.
As a Captain or an avid fisherman, it is important to know how to handle each fish to get it in the Yeti or to release it safely and unharmed.
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S10:E7 - “Blue Marlin Cove” (2018)
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S10:E5 - “Tuna At Hawks Cay” (2018)
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S10:E4 - “Hawks Cay Swordfish & Mahi” (2018)
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S10:E3 - “Trick Or Treat” (2018)
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