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salmonthink 03-03-2010 12:38 PM

Please help ASF with Live Release Survey
Attention Atlantic Salmon Anglers!

What are your thoughts on live release angling?

The Atlantic Salmon Federation (ASF) is conducting a Live Release Survey and would like to hear from you.

One angler who responds will win a signed, custom-framed, limited-edition copy of ASF’s 2009 print, Restigouche Evening, by Bruno Bobak, valued at $375.

Please complete this survey by Thursday, April 15, 2010 to qualify for the draw.
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wrke 03-03-2010 03:45 PM

Done. Important survey . . . save the grilse.

blue bomber 03-06-2010 12:21 PM

Done also, anything we can do to keep salmon alive is worth the effort!

vtloon 03-06-2010 02:17 PM

Done a couple days ago.

Smolt 03-08-2010 09:16 PM

Done. I hope it helps.

Fontinalis 03-09-2010 09:56 AM


Anything to help encourage live release of Atlantics!

Green Ghost 03-14-2010 02:04 PM

Great survey, helped me rationalize a lot of things. What do you do if your fish is not releasable (revivable) and you have only a C&R license? It has been known to happen. So what do you do? :roll:

wrke 03-14-2010 03:04 PM

Personally, it hasn't happened to me, but it has with two fishing partners over the years. Such a shame, but in keeping with the regulations, one of the fish was released, unfortunately, still bleeding. The other certainly didn't seem like it would make it, but we made a small rock pool at the edge of the river and put the fish in it. Then informed ZEC where it was.

In Kamchatka in 1996 I tried to revive a beautiful 18 lb hen steelhead for a long, long time. Was unsuccessful. I was there as part of the Kamchatka Steelhead Project (KSP). Steelhead are in the Russian Redbook (endangered species) and are illegal to even fish for. The KSP, though, was a scientific research program where it was allowed. All our fish were to be released after measurements, scale/tissue samples/tagging, etc. were performed. The program allowed only 12 (I think) fish to actually be killed to allow collection of additional organ/bone samples. It was a real shame, a gorgeous fish, but she was delicious. The only steelhead I've ever killed.

Salar-1 03-15-2010 07:13 PM

Done and voted for C&R with a proviso that either a guide for a C&R party or the individual holder of a C&R licence be entrusted with 1 "bleeder" tag .I also mentioned that I would be willing to pay MORE for said licence

Green Ghost 03-15-2010 08:12 PM

That is a good idea, truth be told, I have seen a fish have a heart attack, it jumped twice, made a brief run, and bacame completely limp on the end of the line, the guide propped up between a couple of rocks and left it there by law. I respected the guides decision. I did not like to see the grilse left for the predators. Unfortunately, one tag would get abused. How about a one tag , grilse only. Worldwide. Pay the higher fee, put the rest into research and enforcement.

Salar-1 03-16-2010 08:39 AM

You're absolutely right in saying a "bleeder"/1tag would be abused .Boiling and re-using NF and NB Grilse tags is a small infrequant cottage industry, but it happens.1 Grilse tag worldwide would be THE answer and I believe that was one of my added comments .However, that and an increase in the cost of a licence, would go over like a fart in a spacesuit with some locals :eek:

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