Are you a fan of fishing for flounder in the water? You could also spend Saturday mornings on your kayak, pulling bluegill from the local lakes. You can also hunt smallmouth with a canoe.
If you are anything like me, there will be times when a cooler or a live-well is not an option. In these situations, a stringer can be a friend of the angler!
You may not be familiar with how to maintain your fish on a stringer if you have never used one before. If you are an expert at stringer use, how do you keep your fish healthy and happy for the longest time? Learn how to make a fish string.
Fish Stringers Explained
Stringers are a simple tool that keeps your fish safe and alive. It basically turns the water around you to a living well, keeping your catch nourished and healthy as you fish.
Different types of stringers
Stringers can be designed in many different ways, from simple to complex. They are available in various sizes and shapes to suit different species.
Poly Stringers or Rop
Stringers are nothing more than paracord or paracord, a line of stringer that is a length and has a spike on one end and a loop on the other. Paracord Planet’s version is strong, reliable, and can be used for anything from trout to flounder.
ForEverlast has taken the simple design to the next level by adding a lanyard or float. This product is great for wading. The float and the lanyard allow you to keep your hands and fish free.
Eagle Claw’s nine-clip chain stringer for kayakers and canoers is a great choice. It offers unbeatable security and nine clips. The last clip, which is separated by a little more chain, can be fastened directly onto your boat or tied with a quick knot in paracord. This provides a secure connection for eight fish.
Rogue Endeavor has you covered for larger species such as reds with a stringer that is strong enough to attach to your kayak
They all work the same regardless of which design you choose. There will be a device that allows you to pass through your fish.
It is up to you to figure out how it is done.
How to Use a Fish String
A stringer can be used in a way that is simple and will keep your fish healthy for longer than other options.
No matter what design you choose, the point is passed into the fish’s mouth through the thin membrane.
This allows the fish to be oriented vertically in the water, which is good for its delicate gills. This allows the fish to breathe easier and lasts longer, which keeps it fresh until you are ready to clean it.
This man has it right!
Many anglers mistakenly see the gills to be a convenient entry point for their stringer and pass it through these easily damaged structures before letting it out through the mouth.
This is a great technique if you love dead fish!
This is a terrible idea!
Even worse, stringers may be thought of as a way to keep their catch from getting into the water. The common results are dead fish, lots of flies, and yellow jackets.
Do not be like this angler
Stringers are as easy to use and essential as they are useful. With the right knowledge, stringers will keep your catch alive longer.
I hope this article helped you to learn how to properly use a stringer. If not, I would love to hear about it!
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