I heard the Blues start to come in to spsp soon and i was wondering how once you landed a blue how would u handle getting the hook out with all those sharp teeth without really damaging the fish or my fingers??
Them blues are crazy fishes. I caught a 9"er on a 7/0 circle hook. The hook went in the mouth and out the top of the head. Grip them with a glove and use pliers. If you want to donate blood, go to a blood drive. No sense in losing blood or a finger unhooking them.
While fishing one night I had to stop fishing to clean and treat a newbie's finger. He tried to remove a J-hook by hand from a bluefish. It was his first bluefish. I've had bluefish chew off Eagle-Claw steel leader hooks while I reached for my pliers.
Blues up to 18" - 20" I just grab them from the top around the gill area and press in my thumb and forefinger just behind the gills and remove the hook with pliers. Larger bules I hold the leader in one hand a grab the hook with pliers and flip them into the cooler. I've been bitten a couple of times on the fingers, once requiring 17 stitches. It's easy to get careless when you're bringing them in one after another. Never go blue fishing with out some kind of first aid kit.
Blues are great and there are a lot of good stories about them!
We used to ge "slammer blues" around 30" and up at the Bay Bridge trolling red sugical hose on top with a small inline sinker from my sailboat- two or three rods at a time.
Off Daytona Beach a few years ago there was a life guard who whistled swimmers out of the water. One guy refused to come in cause it wasn't a shark- only bluefish. When the fishies finished with him he was ambulanced out and took over 115 stitches.
On Long Beach Island, NJ 20 years ago in August we were catching blues with hopkins lures from the beach - every cast
was a fish caught. The alarm was sounded to surf fishermen: "The blues are in!!!" and they were - in a huge school moving down the beach north to south within casting range under a flock of seabirds diving for scraps. Wow!
Ocean blues of 36-42" caught offshore of Ocean City last summer were taken on cedar plugs and just about anything else astern of our boat.
Blues school in the vicinity of Rock and often have schools of trout under them. What a blast!
Yeah I have heard stories of people getting tore up from schools of blues at Daytona before. They run in LARGE schools down there and when they come in every shore fisherman knows. I bet there are many more stories. Anybody else?
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