Descending devices return fish to a depth where gases in the body cavity can recompress.
Venting tools should be inserted one to two inches behind the base of the pectoral fin, under a scale at a 45-degree angle, just deep enough to release trapped gasses.
Non-stainless steel inline circle hooks with the barb crimped down and dehooking tools should be used to help quickly release fish and increase their chances of survival.

It’s that time of year when you may be fishing for snapper and grouper. Continue your role as a conservationist when releasing fish by looking out for signs of barotrauma and being prepared to respond. Barotrauma is a condition seen in many fish caught at depths greater than 50 feet ...

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