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    Default ARC Dehooker....revisited

    I posted last year about the ARC dehooker. The fact is that in some fisheries release mortality has been reduceed dramatically by releasing fish while keeping them in the water. So I thought why not try it halibut fishing. Trying to be a good steward of the resource and looking for a way to minimize being penialized for a higher rate of release mortality

    I went ahead and spend the 160 bucks for the 8' ARC de hooker. The craftsmanship of the de hooker is great. It has nice foam grips and a pretty blue anadozing...China's finest craftsmanship...

    http://dehooker4arc.com/store/

    The problem with it is that the loop they made of stainless is a little too big to grab our 16/0 circle hooks. I had the release loop made smaller at a local welding shop.....Easy job...No Charge... type thing and now it works great.

    It is a little more trouble to shake them but there is no wrestling match at the rail and no slime in the boat.

    The shorter ones are much cheaper and have a smaller loop already. I would say if I has a smaller boat that was closer to the water it is 30 bucks well spent and will work on lings, dogfish, skates...whatever...

    Whatever side of the halibut battle you are, keeping more fish alive and in the water to fight over helps everyone.

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    Great tool.

    For those who don't have the $$$ for a fancy one, I recommend a galvanized hook screw inserted into the end of a dowel. Best tool I have encountered for quickly releasing lip/jaw hooked fish.

    Technique is the same as the ARC. Engage the fish-hook with the de-hooker. Pull your hands apart to maintain constant tension. Pull up on the de-hooker while simultaneously pulling down on the leader. VOILA! fish falls off the hook with the first flop.

    Best of all, the wooden dowel floats!

    Make a mini one for trout and throw away those worthless pliers and hemostats. Flyfishers will love how the de-hooker will NOT damage their intricate hand-tied patterns.
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    I can see how that would work with a bait hook or even a fly but what about lures?

    George

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    Default Tough for trebles

    Hey there George,

    It is not the best for treble hooks or scampi jig heads.

    For everything else, it is great.

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    I missed this post the first time around. I'm ordering one tonight.

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    fishNphysician, you must have been posting whilst I was typing... I have built one of the de-hookers and they are great for flyfishing.

    AKCAPT, I love the idea and cool gadgets like that one. I built a gaff out of a large J hook on a 20" X 5/8" dowel for ice fishing for pike. My last trip out it worked great for getting the fish out of the hole and I used it for de-hooking trebble hooks with out getting my hand too close. Thanks for the research and the link, way cool.

    George

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    Quote Originally Posted by George Riddle View Post
    fishNphysician, you must have been posting whilst I was typing... I have built one of the de-hookers and they are great for flyfishing.

    For those who may have missed this link the first time I put it up, here's a little tutorial on the use of the poor man's de-hooker.

    http://www.ifish.net/board/showthread.php?t=100185
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    Sorry Doc, as I had to pull that movie. I still have it, but don't really have a place to host it any more.

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    Parquito, do you know how to put a compressed version of it on YouTube?

    Anymore it seems that's the place to go for anything video.
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    Great thing with barbless flies, I should really make one for pike fishing, last pike I caught I took the hook out with a flathead screw driver, the pliers weren't long enough... Screw driver just required some dextarity.
    I choose to fly fish, not because its easy, but because its hard.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fishNphysician View Post
    Parquito, do you know how to put a compressed version of it on YouTube?
    Here ya go!

    http://video.msn.com/video.aspx?vid=...2-b1abdfd46eb8

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    Muchas gracias, Parquito!
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    Hey doc, cool video, first time I've seen it. 1 thing though that kind of suprised me was seeing your daughter (I assume) unhooking a fish using that technique with no eye protection on, especially with pinks.

    Here's what I use
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    Quote Originally Posted by parker View Post

    BTW, since the sockeye snagging proposal is about to go down in flames at BOF, you might consider carrying one of these to make life a helluva lot easier on yourself and/or your partner when releasing snagged reds. Once you are able to grab hold of the leader, the fish is as good as gone. Especially when a near-spent sockeye is just hanging in the current below the angler.

    MUCH easier on the fish than dragging them sideways and bass-ackwards upriver and onto the bank.
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    Default Circle Hooks

    I can easily see how this dehooker works on J-hooks, but can't get a feel for how well it works on circles. What are folks' experience? Any different techniques? I'm thinking primarily halibut on circles.

    Chris

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