From: email@example.com (Gerald L. Hurst)
Subject: Re: Fairly safe BIG banger
Date: 30 Jan 1997 05:56:28 GMT
In article <firstname.lastname@example.org>, email@example.com
(Bill M) says:
>By the way, using explosives for fishing is not a practical
>method, contravening hoards of old Westerns. The fish die, right
>enough, but they stay right where they are, until, many hours later,
>swollen with putrifying gasses, they finally float to the surface.
>Unless the shock is so powerful that their swim bladders are
>punctured, in which case, they sink. The shockwave kills
>them, but doesn't change their neutral buoyancy.
You've picked on the wrong urban myth.
Explosive charges can effectively stun fish and cause them to
float immediately to the surface. After a brief period the
fish regain consciouness and swim away. This information is
based on personal observations made while testing seismic
charges in a test pond.