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    Re: Does Anyone Still "Taiil" Fish Instead of Netting?

    From the bank it's all I do. Much of the time I lead the fish into softer water and just reach down to the hook with a pair of pliers for the quick release. The less handling the faster I'm back in the water and fishing.

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    Re: Does Anyone Still "Taiil" Fish Instead of Netting?

    Tough to do out of a boat. Not saying it can't be done, but leaning far enough over to get to the tail in deep water makes it a whole different ball game than sliding them on the gravel bar or grabbing one at waist or knee high in the water. I frequently use plier to release fish while still in the water, but in those cases, I'm happy if they come un-buttoned. I like to eat salmon so it's net time for me if they're going home for dinner.

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    Re: Does Anyone Still "Taiil" Fish Instead of Netting?

    I do! When bank fishing I think it’s much easier to lead fish into shallows, grab gently by tail, pop the hook and turn them loose. Easier on the fish too - they stay in the water the whole time. Try not to lift them by the tail and hang them upside down - can do damage. Tailing is much easier from shore than on a boat - I recommend using a fish-friendly net from the boat.
    "Many men go fishing all of their lives without knowing that it is not fish they are after." - Henry David Thoreau

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    Re: Does Anyone Still "Taiil" Fish Instead of Netting?

    I've always used a net for salmon and steelhead.
    Here they come!

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    Does Anyone Still "Taiil" Fish Instead of Netting?

    Since I left California my salmon fishing days are over other than an occasional tip to Oregon or Washington for a guided trip. I still love reading all of the posts here and my YouTube is set to show me each new Sacramento River salmon fishing video.

    Anyway, in watching the videos it occurred to me that I never see anyone tailing a fish anymore. The last 10 years or so that fished I would tail 100% of the fish I caught from shore and about half of the fish I caught from a boat. I avoided crowded areas and fished with a looser drag than most and would wait until I could lead the fish left or right by moving the rod and would pull the fish slowly in front of me and then grab them just in front of the tail with my right hand and lift them straight up - nose down. Oddly, once I had a grip, I never lost a fish that way. When I got to my late 50's, my grip was not what it used to be so I started wearing a glove on my right hand that had a neoprene palm with small pebbled finish and that made it much easier to hold on.

    Anyway, my question is of little interest to most but just wondering if there are any more of us old "hand grabbers" still fishing.

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