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    With the new regulations requiring us charter captains to have at least one "deep water rockfish release" on board at all times, I am going to need to find at least 4 of these. Where can I buy the release the ADFG requires? I'm in anchorage now, but am leaving soon. Please any suggestions or help is greatly appreciated, thanks guys

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    Check with West Marine for the fabulous "Rockfish Elevator". I bought one from Capt Ace Halloway before he sold his patent to WM about 4 years ago. Works great. I use a downrigger to bring it down and up.

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    Sorry, WM now has two devices. This is the one I was talking about: Blacktip Catch & Release Recompression Tool.

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    The best and easiest one I have found to use was designed and built for lake trout by Capt. Jim Williams and is called a laker saver just google laker saver you can buy them on line.

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    I use these. They are cheap are very easy to use.

    http://www.sheltonproducts.com/SFD.html
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    Eagles are going to be pissed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 270ti View Post
    Eagles are going to be pissed.
    Agree...LMAO

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    Rob I forgot to add this to my "gear buy" list. Are these availabe locally?

    Quote Originally Posted by Rob B View Post
    I use these. They are cheap are very easy to use.

    http://www.sheltonproducts.com/SFD.html

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    Not that I know of. But ya never know what B&J's has. Besides it's just another reason to stop by and shop around..... I ordered mine a year or two ago. Only took a few days shipping.
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    I just use a jig with the barb ground off. I tie the line to the bend in the hook and it seems to work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kbarnes View Post
    I just use a jig with the barb ground off. I tie the line to the bend in the hook and it seems to work.
    Me as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kbarnes View Post
    I just use a jig with the barb ground off. I tie the line to the bend in the hook and it seems to work.
    I tried this last year, then tried the Shelton product. The Shelton descender is much easier and more securely holds the fish. Really an easy product to use, and it works. I ordered several anticipating losing one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dano11 View Post
    With the new regulations requiring us charter captains to have at least one "deep water rockfish release" on board at all times, I am going to need to find at least 4 of these. Where can I buy the release the ADFG requires? I'm in anchorage now, but am leaving soon. Please any suggestions or help is greatly appreciated, thanks guys
    What page are these regs listed on?

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    Quote Originally Posted by fishon View Post
    What page are these regs listed on?

    http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/static/re...013_SEsalt.pdf

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    Quote Originally Posted by FishGod View Post
    Thanks. FishGod

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    Quote Originally Posted by AKluvr95 View Post
    Rob I forgot to add this to my "gear buy" list. Are these availabe locally?
    B&J's does carry the Shelton release. Be sure to have a cod weight or similar in the 3-5# weight for larger fish. 1-2# weights won't take a large Rockfish down.


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    Here's a fun video that explains and shows a few different releases. I hadn't seen the automatic one a the end.

    http://youtu.be/EiZFghwVOyI


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    Quote Originally Posted by Rob B View Post
    I use these. They are cheap are very easy to use.

    http://www.sheltonproducts.com/SFD.html
    Thanks, Rob. Just ordered a couple. Like that you can set it up on the rod you are jigging with if you want, faster if a lot of rockfish are hitting. Man, that guy has a bunch of gizzmo's for sure, anyone try that salmon circle realease hook?

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    Awesome thanks a lot guys! I think I'll be swinging by BJ's tomorrow! Thanks for all the videos and info! And yes Joel our eagle friends are going to be very disappointed, but that doesn't mean I won't be serving lunch once or twice still

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    I picked up a rockfish release from B&J yesterday, quite a bit spendier than the Shelton.

    As far as feeding the eagles, one of the most memorable events fishing is when I was out of Seward with a good friend and my two boys. With a limit of one non-pelagic fish each, it didn't take us long to limit and I didn't have a rockfish release tool. All I seemed to be able to catch that day were yellow eyes and lingcod, and it was early may so I couldn't keep any ling.

    Anyhow, we were finishing up for the day and I caught another yellow eye. I let it go and started to drop another jig when out of the corner of my eye I say some movement. We all turned around to see a big bald eagle snatch the fish in it's tallon and fly back to it's island perch. Too bad I didn't have a camera handy because the contrast of this great bird with a bright orange meal in it's tallon flying low over the water with islands nad mountains in the background was an amazing sight.
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