RE:Catch & Release Mortality
8% is probaly pretty close, for every guy who takes care with the fish another fifty do not. Another factor with a bunch of treble hooks is even if the fish doesn't get hooked deep it can take along time to get the hooks out. People step on them and and put them in a death grip around the belly. Then the fish flips around and re hooks itself and you start all over again. The release mortality rate is really disturbing according to the DMF almost 577 thousand stripers the average being 5.5 pounds were lost in 1998 through catch and release in massachusetts.