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Angling for muskellunge (Esox masquinongy) is a specialized endeavor involving species-specific equipment and handling procedures. The latter were developed by anglers with little influence from fisheries managers or the scientific community. Today, release rates approach 100% for specialized anglers; therefore, a formal evaluation of these procedures was warranted.
Landing nets used by recreational anglers can be constructed of a variety of different mesh materials. Anglers and fisheries managers have hypothesized that mesh type may affect injury rates and fish survival. To test this hypothesis, we used bluegill (Lepomis macrochirus) as a model species to examine the effects of different net mesh types (rubber, knotless nylon, fine knotted nylon, coarse knotted nylon) on injury and mortality following angling at 26 ◦C.
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