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    does anyone know of a place here in anchorage that sells deep water release tools for rockfish? I have one that I made that seems to work great but would like to buy something that is made for it exactly. Thanks

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    I believe B&Js carries one.

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    Thanks frostbitten

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    http://www.sheltonproducts.com/

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    I've used the clamp style one and personally don't care for it as I've had the rock fish come off the clamp before descending then had to get a net to hopefully grab them before out of range and repeat. I ordered several of the Shelton descenders since I haven't found them locally.
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    I just use the upside lead head jig him hook with the barb filed off. Works good for me
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    http://seaqualizer.com/

    I've had mine for three seasons, works very well, have always kept an eye out for floating fish after and have had no misfires.

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    I use a weighted, inverted milk crate for the same purpose in the Gulf of Mexico. Works great, and the only way the fish is going to come out on the descent is if they swim out from under it

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    Quote Originally Posted by hoose35 View Post
    I just use the upside lead head jig him hook with the barb filed off. Works good for me
    I have been wanting to respond to this thread for some time as well. IMO this is one of the best way's to go. Reason #1 is a trooper showed me this on the water several years ago and I have been using it ever since. Just getting back from ocean fishing for a week, I bet I release 30 rockfish this way. 2nd reason is AK fish and game also indorses it. And they give some details on this link plus a few other options.

    http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/index.cfm...shconservation

    I have been using a 24oz jig head and its been fine for my application.
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