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...
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.