Blacktip Catch & Release Recompression Tool

Priced: $52.99 Rated:   - 3 stars out of 5 by 5 reviews.
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Blacktip Catch & Release Recompression Tool -

A West Marine Innovative Product and awarded Green Product of the Year in 2011!

Prevents damage to fish by allowing release back down to full depth without venting of the fish’s swim bladder. Used in conjunction with a handline, rod and reel combo or downrigger, the design utilizes a weight which holds the tool’s spring-loaded jaws securely, but safely on the fish’s mouth, until, when it reaches the bottom, spring tension is relieved, causing the jaws to open and release the fish. Eliminates unnecessary handling and potential damage to the fish’s gills or protective slime coat. Anodized aluminum body, brass swivels and pins, PVC-coated jaws. Sold without weights for use with sinkers appropriate to the weight of fish being released.

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Positive Reviews:

Common Sense

You definitely don't need 5lbs of weight to use this. Try 1LB, use a little common sense and it works fine. Helps rockfish get back to the bottom and have a better chance for survival if they are too small to keep.
Jah Mon at on 09/09/2012

does what it says

I use a one pound weight on the bottom of the rig and it takes the fish back to the bottom and when it hits the bottom it releases the fish unharmed. No lip piercing as with some other devices.
Bob at on 06/06/2013

must have

must have for offshore fishing. quality built and easy to use,
fisherman Bill at on 01/01/2013

Negative Reviews:

Do not buy

directions do not recommend how much weight needs to be added to the device in order to hold the fish in the clamp. I used 5 pounds of weight so that the clamp on the fishes jaw would be firm. I tried it on 3 different fish and each time the fish came free from the clamp after going down only 30 feet or so. Now try to reel up this device with 5 pounds of weight attached to it. It is like reeling up an anchor. Its a great concept but the device sucks.
Jimmbo at on 08/08/2011

Not worth the money!!

Fish fell off when. 24 oz weight touched water!
Bryan at on 06/06/2013