Fish Descender

Discussion in 'Saltwater Fishing Forum' started by pennel, Mar 29, 2019.

  1. pennel

    pennel Active Member

    Anybody know where I can buy a fish (rockfish) descender up here in Canada ( live on the island).
    Also, are there any ones in particular that people would recommend?
  2. Cuba Libre

    Cuba Libre Well-Known Member

    Give Derby a call at PNT
  3. fishbadger

    fishbadger Active Member

    I have used the standard size Seaqualizer for a few years and really like it. Put it on a DR ball and have it at the ready, and it has little impact on your fishing time.

  4. agentaqua

    agentaqua Well-Known Member

    You've basically got 3 options, pennet:
    1/ Commercially-available hydrostatic releasers,
    2/ Some form of weights and hooks - also available commercially or can make your self, and
    3/ A weighted tote/milk crate with a rope - cheap and easy to make

    The easiest to transport IMHO - is either the hook/weight or the hydrostatic releaser. The most common models are:

    Just about any fishing store or Canadian Tire should have stocks
  5. greenhornet

    greenhornet Active Member

    I use the sequlizer on the Downrigger as well works excellent !!!!! I recommended it !!

    Tight lines
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  6. pennel

    pennel Active Member

    Thanks guys
  7. fishmate

    fishmate Member

    I bought ours at Gone Fishin on Vluffe in Courtenay.
  8. Manolaki

    Manolaki Member

    Has anyone here used the milk crate as shown in this vid?: Not sure exactly how they're doing it
    Last edited: Apr 1, 2019
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  9. Rayvon

    Rayvon Well-Known Member

    I got my Seaqualizer free at the last boat show I went to,I think their about $60-$70 in stores.Just had to fill out a questionaire online,I can't remember for sure who it was PSF I think.
  10. Derby

    Derby Crew Member

    It was the SFI booth that was giving them away...
  11. Cuba Libre

    Cuba Libre Well-Known Member

    Amazon-- $150 !!!!! rip-off !
  12. SerengetiGuide

    SerengetiGuide Well-Known Member

    So I know it was stated by DFO at SFAC meetings that descending devices were mandatory. On new license it says highly recommended or something along those lines. So is it or is it not the law?
  13. Islander57

    Islander57 Well-Known Member

    The way I read and interpret it, it is only recommended, therefore, not law
  14. Filletandrelease

    Filletandrelease Well-Known Member

    And if it’s law, do you need to have one when you only target salmon?
  15. wildmanyeah

    wildmanyeah Crew Member

    it was updated, Its a licence condition so if your fishing for anything where there IMO is a reasonable likelihood of catching a rockfish, you should have it on board.

    Breaching a licence condition is an appearance notice, so I doubt a DFO officer would give you one probably just a warning.

    I would phone your local DFO office and see how they are going to enforce it.


    The use of a descending device is now required by condition of licence to
    assist in the conservation and survivability of rockfish being returned to the
    water. Because of their closed swim bladders, rockfish brought to the surface
    suffer barotrauma, causing the swim bladder to inflate and reducing the
    probability of their survival upon release. Handle catch as little as possible,
    using wet hands to preserve the protective slime coat, and return to the water
    at depth of capture as quickly as possible (under two minutes). To avoid
    catching rockfish, move to another fishing location.
    Last edited: Apr 1, 2019
  16. Derby

    Derby Crew Member

    they sent out a revision i believe the next day..stating it is .. so yes
  17. Roberth

    Roberth Active Member

    Seaqualizer has them on their website for $59. I put a review on Amazon about their “deal”
  18. Klysons

    Klysons New Member

    As soon as the retailers find out that they are now required equipment, all of them will be at $150.00 or higher. Amazon may be a deal.
  19. I don't see 59 any place on there website but I do see 89, did i not look in the right place ?
  20. Fishmyster

    Fishmyster Well-Known Member

    This was my cheap solution to a descending device. I fastened an extra piece of wire to my spreader bar weight. Any rockfish needing a ride back to the depths can catch a ride on the next time the gear goes down. The wire is poked thru the lip and down they go. Once at the bottom again I just real up a few feet so the wire pulls out and they are free to go. There is also no limitation on depth to be released with this method so if the came from 250ft that is where I put them back too. Very inexpensive! desending device 001.jpg
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