Originally Posted by D'Chil
Yeah goes through the gill but its all a soft material that doesn't harm the fish. I assume that they actually did some research before they just slapped "Conservation" in the product name. Either way, I know it will work better than poking a hole in the fishes mouth but I hope i'm not doing the same harm by going through the gill. One of the reviews from a tournament fisherman who has used them gave it a lot of praise.
Any time you run a wire passed the gill racker there is a chance of gill damage. The wire is coated to prevent abrasion damage, but...when you lift the bass the wire can damage the gills if it is between the rackers.
Good looking system, just use care when sliding the cable between the gill plate and out the mouth and aviod getting between rackers. A small hole punched in the mouth membrane may be less intrusive then a cable in the gill rackers.