Watch This Scuba Diver Rescue A Snagged Sea Bass In 100 Feet Of Water
Sometimes when we catch a fish, especially on structures; wreck, jetty, rock pile, or reef fishing, the line snags and breaks. You ever wonder what happens next? The fish don’t usually swim off, and it stays hooked to that snagged line until it breaks free or die. In most cases they die. Fish will not live long enough for the hook to rust, and break so it can swim off. The fish will expend all of its energy trying to free itself.
Payton “Bear” Dugas a scuba diving archaeologist and recovery diver with Aqua Quest International was working a wreck off the Delaware coast. He found several snagged lines with dead fish and a few lines with live fish. He removed the hooks from the live fish, released them, and retrieved the snagged gear. Some of the other snagged up fish were not so lucky, already in the process of dying. “The problem with those snagged fish, aside from dying a slow death, is they will attract another larger fish or scavenger that will eat them and then possibly become snagged. Starting the snagged dead fish scenario all over again. The snagged gear is also an issue for divers who could get caught up by one of those hooks.” …Payton Dugas
Can this process be prevented? Not likely, but it can be lessened by paying attention and realizing that these snagged lines that break off have a soon to be dead fish or two attached to them. It bothers me when I see someone get hooked up and then the fish dives into the rocks as their natural reaction. Then the angler just breaks off their line so they can rig back up and fish. Maybe creating a little awareness will help alleviate the amount of snagged fish on structure. It just takes anticipation and paying attention.