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 Posted: Thu Oct 30th, 2008 11:48 pm
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Sarah de Jager
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I heard that a snoek sheds its scales as soon as you catch it. Is this true, and can you put it back in the water like that, will it still live?

I was watching ESA where the guys were catching snoek and throwing them back again.

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 Posted: Fri Oct 31st, 2008 12:06 am
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Hiya

YES, snoek, as well as some smaller baitfish species DO shed thei scales. This is also VERY evident when you touch a snoek, as your hands will be covered in scales. Don't know how well that fish will survive after its released..........

Some of the more knowledgable guys release their snoek whilst it is still in the water, with-out touching the fish.

How-ever, most guys here in the Cape will simply catch until they have reached their allotted 10 fish per angler and then stop, so releasing them isn't much of an issue.

Snoek is really one of the most underated fish in the ocean to catch. Fish with 4-6kg line and bass tackle, as snoek only average 2-4kg's, and you'll have some of the BEST fishing imaginable!!

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 Posted: Fri Oct 31st, 2008 12:11 am
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Hey Sarah. Yip. They shed their scales when removed from the water, it's a natural reaction. I don't think releasing them like that has heavy negative effect, fish grow scales back like finger nails to us and they are are coated in their natural slime which protects them to a certain extent. My 5 bob

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 Posted: Fri Oct 31st, 2008 01:31 pm
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Sarah de Jager
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Thanks guys - It just doesnt seem like anybody is very sure about this. I was wondering if they could grow back scales - thanks trdkid.

On ESA last night they lifted up the snoek with a lipgrip and only touched the snoek by lifting it by its tail. So, it should be OK.

 

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