When releasing sharks, do you cut the line as close as possible or use a de-hooker?

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asked Feb 23, 2017 in Saltwater Fishing by Flip (50 points)
If a de-hooker, what de-hooker do you use?

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answered Feb 24, 2017 by revgramza (1,095 points)
They say that the hooks will rust and fall out.  Research does not tend to prove this.  Hooks are made of high quality steel and even in salt water, they will last for months/years.  Research has shown that the presence of a hook increases the chances of infection and raises the mortality rate.

If you must cut the line and stay safe, then stay safe and cut!

If you want to de-hook, begin with a tail-rope to get proper and safe control of the fish.  I like S-dehookers, but begin with a good pair of pliers and discover what works be for you.  

Sharks are my favorite fish to catch.  Have fun!
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answered Feb 24, 2017 by FLFishingAcademy (15 points)
As revgramza said before me, if you must cut the line inorder to be safe, it is definitely best to cut the line as close to the hook as possible. We do tend to see a bunch of cut hooks in the sharks we catch, and try to remove them when possible.
If you are planning to target sharks, it is a great idea to head out prepared with the correct equipment to release the sharks as safely as possible (for you and them).
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answered Apr 11, 2017 by thunnus69 (385 points)
Depends on the shark and water turbulence.  Safety first.  If I can remove the hook without risk to myself or crew I will use a dehooker.  To much chop on the water or too green a shark and I cut the line.  Hooks should always be removed whenever possible but not at the cost of stressing the fish more than necessary.
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