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post #1 of 5 Old 02-29-2008, 12:12 AM Thread Starter
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I have been told that when you go fishing the hook doesn't hurt the fish at all... Is this true?? My G/F enjoys fishing but I don't know if I want to fish with her if we are going to hurt fish just for a day of "sport"
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post #2 of 5 Old 02-29-2008, 12:40 AM
Fish do not have pain receptors nor are they of a high enough order to have the brain function to do many other things that you take for granted being human.
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post #3 of 5 Old 02-29-2008, 11:35 AM
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Well in all my years of fishing I have not seen anyhting that says that they do feel pain from the hook.

On many different occassion I have caught fish that have several hooks in their mouths and it doesn't seem to effect their attitude nor willingness to eat. Even fish that have swallowed a hook deep in their stomaches don't seem to be affected by it as far as normal behavior.

When a fish fights the line, it fights because you are making it go a direction it doesn't want to go. Allow a fish to simply take line without reistance and they act normally swimming in normal directions and pattern without anything that indicates they are in pain or distress.

So in short, I don't think they do feel any pain from the hook. The only thing I do to be humane is make sure I kill them as quickly as possible if I am going to keep them to eat. No need to let them suffer and die a slow death.
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post #4 of 5 Old 03-01-2008, 02:04 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks guys this makes me feel a little better about going out and fishing
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post #5 of 5 Old 03-01-2008, 09:22 PM
i have always heard that fish can't feel pain becuase they are cold blooded?
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