I will tell you i was stomach high this week with a gator blue and i hooked him good on a gt ice cream. I couldnt get the hook out. I mived as fast as i could back to shore to get hook out while having the blue thru the water on the gripper. Got him on shore. Hook out and then spent a few minutes reviving him.
I respect everything i catch. God gave us this ability to enjoy the fish so i try to release as quickly as possible. I ended up crushing my single hook barb and dropping fish on thr tail wag but all as good.
So the question is what did i do wrong. You got a gator blue chest high and i couldnt drop faster.