Trout Diva’s Overly Dramatic Guidelines for Handling Trout – Part 5

Welcome to Part 5 of “Trout Diva’s Overly Dramatic Guidelines for Handling Trout”

BE MY MAIN SQUEEZE …or…  THE VULCAN DEATH GRIP

This is something that a lot of people don’t realize, especially men that tend to have really strong hands anyway…  Trout are very delicate fish.  They are easily injured.  This includes squeezing them too hard.

Have a look at just where the internal organs of a trout are:

Trout Anatomy
Trout Anatomy

(credit for this photo http://www.biographixmedia.com/biology/trout-fish-anatomy.html)

So, seeing how the inside of a trout is more or less laid out…  where is someone typically squeezing a trout?  Yup, their hand is typically over the liver, air bladder and heart (atrium, ventricle & conus arteriosus).

If you have ever been guilty of forcibly taking a hook out, and the trout started bleeding heavily from the gills, it probably wasn’t damage from the hook itself.  It was likely the pressure exerted on the fish while it was being held that ruptured the conus arteriosus (think of it as the big artery from the gills to the heart in a trout.)

Another common, similar scenario is one where after forcibly removing a hook, the trout “seems” fine, but can no longer hold itself upright, even after properly trying to revive it.  Busted air bladder is the culprit…  that trout’s a goner.

Why do people squeeze them in the first place? Typically, the trout are being squeezed in an effort to hold them still (they are SO slimy) while the angler attempts to remove the hook or fly, because it is a common misconception that they must be removed at all cost.

Well, as we’ve just learned here, the cost is usually the life of the trout, because their internal organs are damaged in this process (in addition to probably being kept out of the water for too long).

We’ll talk next about just how to handle deep-hooking…  but just remember, trout are delicate…

Please…  Don’t…  Squeeze!

The Trout Thank You…  and so do we!

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Welcome to Part 5 of “Trout Diva’s Overly Dramatic Guidelines for Handling Trout

BE MY MAIN SQUEEZE …or…  THE VULCAN DEATH GRIP

This is something that a lot of people don’t realize, especially men that tend to have really strong hands anyway…  Trout are very delicate fish.  They are easily injured.  This includes squeezing them too hard.

Have a look at just where the internal organs of a trout are:

(credit for this photo http://www.biographixmedia.com/biology/trout-fish-anatomy.html)

So, seeing how the inside of a trout is more or less laid out…  where is someone typically squeezing a trout?  Yup, their hand is typically over the liver, air bladder and heart (atrium, ventricle & conus arteriosus).

If you have ever been guilty of forcibly taking a hook out, and the trout started bleeding heavily from the gills, it probably wasn’t damage from the hook itself.  It was likely the pressure exerted on the fish while it was being held that ruptured the conus arteriosus (think of it as the big artery from the gills to the heart in a trout.)

Another common, similar scenario is one where after forcibly removing a hook, the trout “seems” fine, but can no longer hold itself upright, even after properly trying to revive it.  Busted air bladder is the culprit…  that trout’s a goner.

Why do people squeeze them in the first place? Typically, the trout are being squeezed in an effort to hold them still (they are SO slimy) while the angler attempts to remove the hook or fly, because it is a common misconception that they must be removed at all cost.

Well, as we’ve just learned here, the cost is usually the life of the trout, because their internal organs are damaged in this process (in addition to probably being kept out of the water for too long). 

We’ll talk next about just how to handle deep-hooking…  but just remember, trout are delicate…  

Please…  Don’t…  Squeeze!

The Trout Thank You…  and so do we!

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