Musky America Magazine November Edition

attached to the hook that is now in your stomach while you run as fast as you can away from your friend. What do you think will happen? Will the hook puncture your stomach?…A good possibility. If not your stomach, will it snag something in your throat… A good possibility. Now, with the hook snagged in your throat or stomach, tell your friend to just cut the line. Now that your throat or stomach has been severely injured, DO NOT seek any medical attention. Try to carry on with your life as though nothing had happened and see how long you will live and see what quality of life you will have. Surely, Muskie are not people…but they are still animals with the same basic body functions that we have. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist or peer review to noodle the conclusion that the puncturing of an animal’s throat or stomach with a sharp pointed object cannot be a blessing for the animal. Forget the studies! Forget the ‘would be’ experts and nay Sayers. Rely upon your own common sense. If you are using a single hook sucker rig to catch Muskie (Standard or Circle), then you ARE hooking or damaging the stomach or throat of the fish. When you release that Muskie you condemn it to a slow and uncomfortable death. Sure, you can say you released the fish and thump your chest about how you practice "Catch & Release" but in your heart you know that that Muskie is just a "dead fish swimming". Tight Lines