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Old 08-04-2012, 04:30 AM   #1
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I'm going fishing tomorrow and stupid me forgot to bring a cooler to keep my catches in. Anyways, I found one of those real simple "loop and spike" stringers in my tackle box. How the hell do I use the damn thing? I was thinking drive the spike through the lower jaw, slide the fish down the rope, then drive the spike in the ground in shallow water with the loop secured around it.

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I'm going fishing tomorrow and stupid me forgot to bring a cooler to keep my catches in. Anyways, I found one of those real simple "loop and spike" stringers in my tackle box. How the hell do I use the damn thing? I was thinking drive the spike through the lower jaw, slide the fish down the rope, then drive the spike in the ground in shallow water with the loop secured around it.

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well just with experience (which isn't much)it all depends on what you catch and if you're fishing out of a boat or on the side of a pond in hillbilly land (i speak with experience) or on a dock or wherever.


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You put the spikey part through the gill and out the mouth. Then you put the spikey part through that metal loop, forming a continuim of rope, kind of like those chain dog collars. Then you tie the spike end to something sturdy and well anchored. The ring where the oars go on a rowboat, your tackle box, etc.

But it's through the gill and out the mouth. You don't have to spike it through the fish's jaw.

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What Winds said up there ^^^. Lady knows her fishing.

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But it's through the gill and out the mouth. You don't have to spike it through the fish's jaw.
If you know for sure you will keep the fish to clean eat, the method above is ok. If it is a fish you would release if you caught a larger one, then push it through the thinner part of the skin on the under side of the jaw and loop it back through the mouth.

Damaging the gills of a fish is more likely to kill it than poking a hole in its mouth. Most do survive catch and release as long as they are not hooked in their gullet or gills. Same concept applies to stringers.
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What Winds said up there ^^^. Lady knows her fishing.
My Dad and I used to go fishing a lot. Except we had a stringer like this.

http://www.jannsnetcraft.com/fish-stringers/050209006549.aspx
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Damaging the gills of a fish is more likely to kill it than poking a hole in its mouth. Most do survive catch and release as long as they are not hooked in their gullet or gills. Same concept applies to stringers.
I suppose that's true. I hate inflicting pain on other living things.
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What Winds said up there ^^^. Lady knows her fishing.
Yep, don't forget to run the spike thru the metal ring on the first fish. I lost my catch as a kid like that. Good luck !!
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Longer the fish stays alive after catch, the better it will taste too.

I guess I just assumed everyone knew how to use a rope stringer...must be blessed with a family of recreational fishermen.

I used to have a dozen of those metal chain ones. Now THOSE are good stringers.

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Longer the fish stays alive after catch, the better it will taste too.

I guess I just assumed everyone knew how to use a rope stringer...must be blessed with a family of recreational fishermen.

I used to have a dozen of those metal chain ones. Now THOSE are good stringers.
I am more inclined to string them thru the bottom jaw and not impead the gills from doing their job for the reason you gave.


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