#51195. Asked by TheAlphaWolf. (Sep 24 04 9:21 AM)
Bait caught fish typically suffer a much higher hooking mortality than fish caught on flies and lures. At least one out of three fish caught with bait will die after release. Over 60 percent of deep hooked fish die.
Generally, nine out of 10 fish caught on flies or lures will survive after release. Studies have shown that there is only a one or two percent difference in the survival of fish caught on flies compared to those caught on lures.
When fishing deep water (deeper than 30 feet) most fish caught cannot be released with any assurance that they will survive.
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