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bluestar
05-02-2010, 06:20 AM
On DFG's page it says:

" The safest way to pick up a lingcod is to place the thumb and first finger of one hand in the eye sockets and grab the tail with the other hand."
http://www.dfg.ca.gov/marine/mspcont7.asp

Huh?? Stick our fingers into the fish's eye socket???

sethonious
05-02-2010, 10:28 AM
Yup. Keep your fingers away from those teeth. Same goes for big rockfish

slick88
05-02-2010, 10:30 AM
On DFG's page it says:

" The safest way to pick up a lingcod is to place the thumb and first finger of one hand in the eye sockets and grab the tail with the other hand."
http://www.dfg.ca.gov/marine/mspcont7.asp

Huh?? Stick our fingers into the fish's eye socket???


Yeah, there are no teeth in the eye sockets!

bluestar
05-03-2010, 09:57 PM
Wouldn't I gouge the fish's eyes out that way? What if it's a fish to be released? Even if it is a keeper, doing that to a fish does not seem right...

sethonious
05-04-2010, 08:15 AM
You don't pop out the eyes or anything, you can feel the ridges of the eye sockets and slip your fingers behind the eyes and grab onto the sockets of the skull. I guess you have to have done it to know what if feels like and if you are doing it right. Fish eyes are pretty tough and not prone to popping.

I would only pick up a dead fish that way, not a live one to be released. Grab a live one by the tail and get it back in the water after measuring and coming up short. When you are on the dock posing with your trophy/handling or icing down your catch/getting ready to butcher, that is when you use the eye socket method.

hotdog
05-04-2010, 08:31 AM
You'd understand better if you had one to look at. Lings have large bony eye sockets so you're not in danger of damaging their eyes as long as you're careful. If it's obviously a short fish, use extra caution to not harm it.