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Phil the Fish Guy – Safe Fish Handling

Phil the Fish Guy – Safe Fish Handling


(Traffic noise, honking, radio changing dial) (Radio Announcer #1) It’s a gorgeous day weather wise, but we’ve
got some real problems on the roads and highways… PHIL: I should have gone fishing today. (Radio Announcer #2) It’s bumper to bumper traffic
out there… so expect some long delays… PHIL: I should have gone fishing. (Radio Announcer #3) Are you stuck in a
rut? Why not try a career in broadcasting. PHIL: Yeah, right… … YEAH. RIGHT. (PHIL – RADIO VOICE) It’s the call-in show that helps
you get the most out of your fishing trip… or at least tell you what line to use. This is Phil the Fish Guy on Walley radio…W-A-L-I F-M… with Fish Talk. Today’s topic… Proper Fish Handling Techniques… also known
as the Art of Catch and Release. Its a simple practice that will make both
you and the fish feel better. The phone lines are already hopping so lets get
right to our first caller… Jeff from Joplin… (JEFF) What’s this about releasing fish…. Why would I want
to? Man I love to eat ‘em. (PHIL) Well, there are several reasons we release fish
and why its important to handle them properly. One… some people don’t like to eat fish, or the
mess of cleaning ‘em. They simply enjoy fishing. Two… you may be required by regulation to release a non-keeper size fish
or you’re fishing in a “catch and release only” area. Three… You want others to have the chance to
catch the same big fish you caught. Gotta move on… down Sikeston way we’ve got Steve. What’s your question? (STEVE) Hey Phil, I enjoy fishing… I’ve heard that fish
will die just from exhaustion of being pulled in… What do you do to prevent this? (PHIL) You need to choose line and equipment so you
can bring the fish in quickly. Fish need all their energy to survive a catch. Our topic is Proper Fish Handling… From Hannibal, I’ve got
Hank “on the line”… whats on your mind? (HANK) Yeah, I heard that if you file or squeeze your barbs…
it’ll be easier to release fish. (PHIL) That’s correct! (HANK) Yeah, but won’t that make it easier for the
fish to jump off my line? (PHIL) Yes it will, but it will also teach you how
to properly keep your line taught at all times… Here’s another tip: Use artificial lures instead of bait to
reduce the chances of deep-hooking a fish… that will increase its chance of survival when you release it. From St. Louis… Its Sally.
(SALLY) Hi, Phil. (sweet voice) (PHIL-choking on worm) Hi, Sally (low voice) (SALLY) I’m an experienced angler… but I still have
problems getting the hook out. What’s your advice? (PHIL) Sally, Sally… its always important to carry the proper equipment. Make sure
you have needle nose pliers or hook remover whenever you go fishing. It’ll save time and fishes lives when you’re trying to remove a hook. (SALLY) Thanks, Phil.
(PHIL) My pleasure. OK, time for another fish handling tip: Whenever possible, don’t
take the fish out of the water. Fish get their oxygen from the water… not the air. The longer a fish is out of water, the less chance
for survival. Also, and folks this is a no-brainer… Never put your fingers in the gills or eye sockets. OK… time for another caller… Hank from Hannibal… Hank you again? (HANK) Yeah!
(PHIL) Go ahead.
(HANK) Well, I was wondering…. (PHIL) Yes…
(HANK) Well, you know how most fish are slimy…
(PHIL) Yes… (HANK) Well, if a fish slimes you… will you die? (PHIL) Hank, with you, I suppose anythings possible… but
for the rest of our listeners… No. But you do want to avoid excessive handling of fish.This
slime coating helps protect many fish from disease… Now, if handling is necessary, like trout, hold it firmly
but don’t squeeze or drop the fish. And here’s another important tip… You can immobilize
fish by holding them upside down. Fish in this position become disoriented and struggle less…. allowing
you to remove your hook quickly and safely. A similar trick can be used for large-mouthed species… are you
listening Hank… (HANK) ah, yeah… (PHIL) You can take bass, crappie, catfish and carp for example and
grasp their lower jaw with your thumb and forefinger. This helps you from hurting the fish and the fish hurting you… Hank. Now for fish with small mouths like bluegill, you want to grasp them
with your hand around the mid-section, wetting your hands first. (PHIL) OK, time for Hank to take a break.
Next, I’ve got Clara from Clinton. (CLARA) Phil, I like to go catfishing and I
use mostly stink baits and worms, but what do I do with a fish that has swallowed
my hook and I don’t want to keep it? (PHIL) Good question! You should NEVER pull a hook
from a fish’s throat or stomach. Instead, it’s better to cut the line closest to the hook. Many hooks
will rust away….. and the fish has a better chance to survive. (PHIL) This is Phil the Fish Guy with Fish talk radio…
Safe Fish Handling is our topic of discussion… Jerry from Jeff City, what’s on your mind? (JERRY) Is it safe to land a fish like trout without a net? (PHIL) It can be done, but I recommend using a landing net… I prefer the knot less, cotton type. Just think of it as a third
hand to control the fish which helps to shorten the handling time… and we know how critical that is. (PHIL) OK… time for one last caller…. and
its …. Hank …. from Hannibal AGAIN… You are one persistent piranha. (HANK) Well Phil, you’ve had all the answers…
(PHIL)
I thrive on knowing my fish facts. (HANK) Yeah, but what we all really want to know is
(PHIL) Yes… (HANK) Phil, do you still wear that goofy looking hat? (day dream ends) (Radio Announcer #4) Hey, it’s a real parking lot out
there… Looks like a good day to go fishing. (Phil) I REALLY should have gone fishing today.

3 comments on “Phil the Fish Guy – Safe Fish Handling

  1. hey i'm a "city slicker", and i thought this video was very informative. i fish all the time. they were just morons.

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