SavaFish2® Relieves Fish Barotrauma
When fish are reeled up from the depths they can experience barotrauma that can result in an embolism. The most evident symptom of barotrauma is you can see the fishe’s organ(s) protruding out of the fishes mouth or anus. In such a state, the released fish can not in most circumstances, swim back down to the depths. When released it simply floats on the surface. In the past, uninformed fisherman would with a sharp object pop the organ protruding out of the fishes mouth and release the fish. The fish could swim back down however, in most cases they would likely die. Fisherman got more educated and better informed on the subject when venting became more prevalent.
Then most recently by rule, you were required to carry a venting tool. A simple venting tool was a needle and syringe device. The method and purpose is to insert the needle to be used as a venting tool into the fish to release the expanded gas. This is done from the exterior of the fish, by holding the fish gently but firmly on its side, the venting tool is inserted at a 45-degree angle, approximately one to two inches back from the base of the pectoral fin. Recently, that rule requiring a fisherman to carry a venting tool was rescinded however, in some cases I guess venting is still encouraged.
One of the downsides to venting is that you have to carry a sharp needle which is kinda unhandy and it can be a little treacherous trying to perform a vent on a fish, in a boat that maybe rocking with the seas. The rescinding of the rule may encourage other new methods of relieving barotrauma on fish that need to be released.
One such new method and device was recently invented by one of our resident fisherman, entrepreneur and fishing charter captain, Capt. Don Whitecotton. The very simple device and method could be a very effective, easy way for fisherman to help fish return to the depths and survive.
Recently featured in the May issue of Florida Sportsman magazine, the SavaFish2® relieves fish barotrauma by expeditiously taking the fish down to the depths from which it came. Thereby, reducing or re-compressing the expanded gases in the fish. The the fishes organs can return to where they belong and the fish is release alive and swimmin’! 🙂
Following is a gallery of photos that Capt. Don sent me in an effort to demonstrate how the SavaFish2® relieves fish barotrauma works while on a boat and releasing fish.
The beauty of the device is in its simplicity and how it uses gravity to hold the fish on. Just mount the fish on to the tool and free spool the fish to the bottom. Then once on the bottom, you simply lift up and the fish is released. I would wager that nearly everyone who bottom fishes packs extra leads with them. So from that aspect, this device fits in nicely with the gear. It would probably work best with a a short stiff rod, a spinning reel so you don’t have to worry about backlashes and braided line to reduce stretch in deep waters. Yes, you do have to insert the device through the fishes upper or lower lip which will create a hole. However, logic seems to indicate that the hole in the lip from this device, is less invasive than the venting tool hole which is an external and internal puncture wound on the fish. For most folks who bottom fish for reef fish, this device could be a simple effective addition to your gear. Then when undersized fish or fish out of season are caught, they can easily be released and survive.
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Have a GREAT day! Mike and Vivian Foate – The GOOD life on the water. Live happy! 🙂