June 14, 2004
TAKE CARE OF YOUR CATCH!
That has been my mantra since I
started writing these articles and no where did it become more
important that while fishing the CITGO/BASS Central Federation
Divisional the first week of June. Here is my own testimonial to
taking care of your catch.
During the second day of the
tournament, I had put three fish in the box and my partner had one.
I had my Ranger Boat aeration system on manual so that it was
recirculating water continuously and I had treated the fish with the
proper amount of Rejuvenade immediately upon catching the first
fish. Sometime around 9:30-10:00, I asked my partner to add in a
couple of the Catch’N Cool refreezable gel packs. When he opened
the live well, he commented that I had a dead fish! Needless to say
I was very surprised, I had been throwing a buzzbait and none of the
fish had been deep hooked at all. The surface water temp was around
84 degrees, however, and that is why I was adding in the frozen
packs. By the way, these gel packs are great! They are only about
8x8 square and can be refrozen indefinitely! They are much better
than ice or frozen jugs in that they will last 3-4 hours and will
float on top of the water.
Well, the fishes eyes had already
started to turn a golden color and the color of his gills were
already a little pink, but they were still barely moving. I took
the Rejuvenade and poured a small amount down his throat and dipped
him in the tank to get in down his gullet and onto his gills. With
that I double dosed the tank and added in the Catch’N Cool
refreezable gel packs. I estimated that they would lower the water
temp about five degrees.
With that we ran to the next spot, I
caught my fourth keeper around 11:00 and when I opened the livewell,
ALL of the fish were swimming and in fine shape. Whether that fish
would have survived or not, without treatment, is unknown, what I do
know is that I did everything possible to take care of my catch and
prevent the possibility of any dead fish penalty.
Are you taking care of yours as well?
Until next month, take care of your