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PostPosted: Wed Sep 27, 2017 10:05 am 
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On the water at 7am back at the launch at 1130am. Caught 4 keepers and threw back. Blah Blah Blah, here is the interesting part and maybe you can add your two sense. I was jugging and the lines had not been out for more than an hour and a half. I pulled up 3 dead fish, they were small, but very dead. It may have gotten to 89 degrees, but I do not think it got hotter than 89. Why are fish dying on my line? And if there is a line in the water where the oxygen is low, where is that line and how do I avoid it? I do not mind throwing fish back, but I hate pulling up dead fish, big or small. Thanks for your reply.


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 27, 2017 10:37 am 
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Did you see a thermocline on your 2D?

How deep were your hook set that had the dead feesh?

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Pardon my ignorance, I do not know how to look for, or that I should have been looking for a thermocline. Please explain how and when I should be looking for that. I was fishing in 16 to 20 feet of water, but the hooks were in the 9 to 13 feet range.

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There are no stupid questions when you're learning....

You can read about it here

https://www.humminbird.com/faqDetail.aspx?id=1494

That's the only thing I can think of that will kill'em is when held under a thermocline.....

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 27, 2017 8:02 pm 
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there is no oxygen below the thermocline
catfish will hold just above the thermocline but will go below to get your
bait and then get stuck and can't get enough oxygen. I did not notice a
thermocline in the river but have not been down in the lake.
maybe that is why the crappie were suspended at 4 feet deep today


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 28, 2017 7:00 am 
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After a storm such as Harvey or any storm of significant size, all the tree debris that get blown into or washed into a lake or river will begin to decay. Stuff like leaves and small branches. decaying organic matter consumes oxygen from the water. This is why we see dead fish after a major storm. This could very well be happening in Lake Houston.
The fish dying on the line most likely died from hypoxia, or lack of oxygen.
Fish will venture below a thermocline to feed and then come back up. These are mostly smaller in size in my experience. If a fish goes down below a thermocline and gets hooked, he will soon die from the lack of oxygen. Hope this sheds a little light on your situation.


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Agree with sticko and Hawg...hypoxia

If the gills are still bright red, they're still good to eat, though!


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Well, this is all very interesting. I know about the thermocline, but had no idea about the oxygen or lack of it
below the thermocline, I thought it was all about water temperature. That explains a lot when it comes to finding
feeding fish.


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PostPosted: Sun Oct 15, 2017 8:23 pm 
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Don't use any weight on your jugs they will swim out off it.They will go down for a bit but they can't stay long .it's like holding your breath.


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I use 12 ft max no weight,yeah unsettled bottom can cause oxygen loss.


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