Bass Care 101 - Angling & Angler Care
The MSU study confirmed that the amount of angling time does impact survivability, as largemouth bass angled for one minute survived better than did those angled for three minutes. Largemouth bass have a protective slime coat (mucus) that helps to protect them from disease so it is important to be careful to not remove this coating when handling your fish as well. Wet your hands when handling the fish. It is also important to not “boat flip” your fish directly onto the rough dry carpet or deck of your boat as that will cause slime loss. Grip the fish’s lower jaw to remove the hook. Remove the hook as quickly as possible and use caution to not damage the gills. Keep the fish out of water for as short a time as possible. If a fish is landed quickly and handled carefully, catch and release has a minimal effect on survival.
Land your fish as quickly as possible and keep them in the air for as little time as possible. Wet your hands before handling the fish be careful not to remove the protective slime or damage the gills. Don’t “boat flip” your bass on to the deck.