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paynefish
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Thu May 04, 2017 8:38 am
We have not done very much deep water bottom fishing, maybe 110' max. I have yet to have but 1 fish that did not go back down. What do you guys do to make sure these fish survive and are capable of descending back down? I want to make sure that I safely release any fish that I do not keep, and I need to know how to do it and what keeps the mortality rate at it's absolute lowest. Any help will be much appreciated.
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Thu May 04, 2017 8:42 am
Seaqualizer is the ticket, especially if you are fishing >120'.

https://www.amazon.com/Sebile-Qualizer-SQL-Recompress-150-Feet/dp/B00DMKCF76/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1493905331&sr=8-1&keywords=seaqualizer
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Thu May 04, 2017 8:50 am
Don't know if this will still work, but I got one for free here....

https://www.takemefishing.org/how-to-fish/how-to-catch-fish/seaqualizer/seaqualizer-signup/
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Thu May 04, 2017 9:09 am
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paynefish
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Thu May 04, 2017 12:23 pm
AboutTime2Fish wrote:
Don't know if this will still work, but I got one for free here....

https://www.takemefishing.org/how-to-fish/how-to-catch-fish/seaqualizer/seaqualizer-signup/


I completed it and it said I should receive my device in 8-12 business days. Thank you for the information!
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Thu May 04, 2017 12:36 pm
Thank you for the link, I ordered one as well wtg
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Thu May 04, 2017 1:20 pm
Seaqualizers work very well. We released this guy in 200' using one after it wouldn't go down. Took several pounds of lead, attaching to top lip, and pulling fish like a diving plug (seriously) it descended and you could feel the fish starting to pull until clip released!

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Thu May 04, 2017 1:30 pm
Dang that's a big ass AJ!
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Thu May 04, 2017 1:31 pm
GunRunnerNC wrote:
Thank you for the link, I ordered one as well wtg



Me too, meant to first time that link was up and forgot, preciate it! wtg
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Thu May 04, 2017 1:31 pm
Thanks Bout Time.....They have one on the way for me as well!!
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Thu May 04, 2017 1:43 pm
I appreciate it as well AboutTime. Will be glad to have on the boat.   
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AboutTime2Fish
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Thu May 04, 2017 2:04 pm
You are all very welcome!
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Thu May 04, 2017 2:19 pm
I tried to get one last august when that link was first on this site. No Luck, got an email, saying they didn't have anymore to give out. If they are still giving them out please let us know....I'd like to have one but im not paying 50 bucks for one.   

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Thu May 04, 2017 2:24 pm
AboutTime2Fish wrote:
Don't know if this will still work, but I got one for free here....

https://www.takemefishing.org/how-to-fish/how-to-catch-fish/seaqualizer/seaqualizer-signup/


Tried twice with no luck a few months back. Think the free time is over.
  
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Thu May 04, 2017 3:40 pm
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Dang that's a big ass AJ!


Yep! We kept him and released the wormy one holding him! lmao
  
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rdnkvet
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Thu May 04, 2017 3:42 pm
stackchaser wrote:
AboutTime2Fish wrote:
Don't know if this will still work, but I got one for free here....

https://www.takemefishing.org/how-to-fish/how-to-catch-fish/seaqualizer/seaqualizer-signup/


Tried twice with no luck a few months back. Think the free time is over.


I might add...be careful who you let use your Seaqualizer! chin
  
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Thu May 04, 2017 4:23 pm
It is great to see so many fishermen using a seaqualizer. A cheap alternative is using a barbless hook to descend fish. Please let the SAFMC know if you use a descending device. It would help us get a Red Snapper season next year.

It is always best to handle illegal fish as little as possible, so descending devices shouldn't be used if a fish can swim. Floating fish are the only ones that need help.
  
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Thu May 04, 2017 4:30 pm
Awesome, thanks for the link...just ordered one for myself...said it would be 8 to 14 days.   
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lwr37
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Thu May 04, 2017 5:14 pm
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lwr37 wrote:
Dang that's a big ass AJ!


Yep! We kept him and released the wormy one holding him! lmao


It would take more than a few pounds of lead to get that fella down!
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Thu May 04, 2017 5:26 pm
Now for the Seaqualizer. I caught 2 short grouper yesterday. One was 1" short and the other was 2" short. Both were floaters. Both went down on the Seaqualizer and as far as I know they survived the experience. Next time YOU catch a grouper and he is legal that just may be the fish I released. Free Seaqualizers are great and mine was free but if I lost it I would purchase one because it works! We as responsible fisherman should do everything possible to ensure the fish has a chance to survive. I hate to see a quality fish float off.
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Thu May 04, 2017 5:58 pm
Another site you can try for a free descending device, not sure what kind it is.

http://oceaned.org/request-devices/
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paynefish
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Thu May 04, 2017 6:39 pm
Does everyone use them only for the floaters or do you use them on all in deeper water?
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Thu May 04, 2017 6:59 pm
paynefish wrote:
Does everyone use them only for the floaters or do you use them on all in deeper water?


Only use a descending device if the fish can't swim. If it is obviously an illegal fish, you can leave it on the hook in the water long enough to tell if it will float or can swim.
  
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lwr37
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Thu May 04, 2017 7:27 pm
This isn't rocket science. Floaters are pretty easy to spot. From my limited experience I have discovered that grouper like to float. Pinkies and beeliners almost always go back down. We eat all of the grunts!
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Sat May 06, 2017 9:42 am
I tried the link, it said I would have one in 8-12 days
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Sat May 06, 2017 9:52 am
I tried the link, it said I would have one in 8-12 days
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laguna18
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Sat May 06, 2017 12:44 pm
Thanks for the link AboutTime2Fish, it's on it's way.   
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steve76
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Sat May 06, 2017 1:06 pm
Got one on the way too! Thank you for posting!!   
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Mon May 08, 2017 7:19 am
How do you know if you have one on the way. I tired to use the link above and when I hit submit it doesn't really do anything.   
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Mon May 08, 2017 7:24 am
It shows it after you hit submit, or at least it did on mine. Try it again, if you end up with 2 give one to someone else
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