- May 19, 2009
I'm pretty new to the forum so forgive me if this has been discussed recently but I was wondering what you guys and gals think about cutting the line on gut hooked fish. Whenever I gut hook one that I don't want to keep I try not to play it longer than I need to and I cut the line as close to the hook as I can and then release the little guy. I was always told that they could eventually digest the hook. So last year I gut hooked a 12" largemouth and cut the line off close to the hook and took him home alive to see if he would survive in my 150 gal freshwater fish tank. He acclimated really well and within a week I couldnt notice the hook. He was feeding right away. Didn't seem to slow him down a bit. Really fun pet but finally died about 6 months later. Not hook related. I think it was fish suicide. Probably felt guilty for terrorizing and eating so many of my girlfriends african ciclids. Man that bass was a good hunter.