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#3271863 - 06/20/13 11:36 AM Keeping your Bass Alive!!!!!!!!
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A public service message. With the hot temperatures we are experiencing extra precautions need to taken to keep fish alive. As a tournament angler, you owe it to your fish for them to arrive alive, and be released alive.


Here is an article and video on how to keep your summer bass alive.

Keeping your Bass Alive.
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#3271913 - 06/20/13 12:27 PM Re: Keeping your Bass Alive!!!!!!!! [Re: Kirk]
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Ever heard of adding sprite to the livewell to help keep them alive ?
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#3271927 - 06/20/13 12:41 PM Re: Keeping your Bass Alive!!!!!!!! [Re: RUGER]
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The best this thing to do with your bass if you fish ledges is to fizz your fish. Google vent a fish and it will explain it more.
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#3272099 - 06/20/13 03:38 PM Re: Keeping your Bass Alive!!!!!!!! [Re: tophat]
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Yep , I watched em do it to a 6 pounder at the dock and she swam off purty as you please.
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#3272185 - 06/20/13 05:29 PM Re: Keeping your Bass Alive!!!!!!!! [Re: RUGER]
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 Originally Posted By: RUGER
Ever heard of adding sprite to the livewell to help keep them alive ?


Heard of a little bit of everything. Salt, hydrogen peroxide, and Sprite.

I use frozen 2 liter bottles of water. They don't melt as quickly and they don't release chlorine into the water like a bag of ice will. I always use "Rejuvenade" to keep them lively.
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#3272367 - 06/20/13 09:23 PM Re: Keeping your Bass Alive!!!!!!!! [Re: Kirk]
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Ice frozen in jugs, Rejuvenate to the live well, needling or fizzing when they need it, and constantly running the recirculation pump is what we do in the summer. It takes a lil time fooling with them but worth the effort to keep them alive.
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#3272403 - 06/20/13 09:53 PM Re: Keeping your Bass Alive!!!!!!!! [Re: TN Larry]
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 Originally Posted By: TN Larry
Ice frozen in jugs, Rejuvenate to the live well, needling or fizzing when they need it, and constantly running the recirculation pump is what we do in the summer. It takes a lil time fooling with them but worth the effort to keep them alive.


This sounds good to me.

And for the sprite as Ruger asked about..... it seems to work great to stop the bleeding of fish. Even fish hooked in the gills. I haven't tried it but remember Joe Thomas and Jonathan Van Dam saying something about using soda to stop the bleeding.Just a few drops from the sprite or soda to the area bleeding is supposed to work.


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#3272414 - 06/20/13 10:03 PM Re: Keeping your Bass Alive!!!!!!!! [Re: AllOutdoors]
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Hookedup will just filet em!LOL
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#3272417 - 06/20/13 10:06 PM Re: Keeping your Bass Alive!!!!!!!! [Re: RUGER]
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 Originally Posted By: RUGER
Ever heard of adding sprite to the livewell to help keep them alive ?


Sprite or any other lemon/lime soda will stop a fish from bleeding. The citric acid does the trick. Just pour it down their throat and through the gills.
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#3272442 - 06/20/13 10:31 PM Re: Keeping your Bass Alive!!!!!!!! [Re: chunkandwind]
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My partner caught a 20 plus inch smallmouth back first of the year on a crank bait. It was bleeding like a stuck hog... Clots of blots on the carpet. I've never seen one bleed that bad. I poured about a 1/2 of a mountain dew slowly down his throat and over his gills and stuck him in the live well. We fished around another hour or two. The live well water turned orange but the fish lived. We turned him back loose at the ramp and he swam off like he was just caught. My only experience using the drink trick.

For summer fishing I fill the live well first thing in the morning and put it on recycle. I then add frozen water bottles... I use orange juice bottles but any will work. I drop the temp about 10-12 degrees below the surface water temp on my finder so... If it's 90 I get the livewell down to 78-80. I then add the please release me. I recycle it on a timer with about 2 minutes on and 2 minutes off... Even before I catch an fish. I use a floating pool thermometer from Walmart for keeping the temp right. If it heats up I pull another frozen jug out and add it. Usually only 2 bottles are needed for all day of a tourney. For the recycle pipe, I angle it so that the water enters at a 45 degree angle. I don't know that it helps but it seems to turn the water better and hopefully it helps put more O2 in the water.
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