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Choose instant catch and release over livewelling!

BountyAdmin
BountyAdmin

Washington,US

Posted Wed Apr 25, 2012 4:18 am
Choose instant catch and release over livewelling!
If you plan to release. Choose instant catch and release over livewelling!

In a scientific experiment spanning over 20 years, researchers at the University…

Philipp explained that the perception among anglers is that catch-and-release has no negative impact on the population. During the spawning season, however, if bass are angled and held off of their nests for more than a few minutes, when they are returned to the lake, it's too late; other fish have found the nest and are quickly eating the babies.
Philipp recommends that to preserve bass populations across North America, management agencies need to protect the nesting males during the spawning season. "There should be no harvesting bass during the reproductive period. That makes sense for all wildlife populations. You don't remove the adults during reproduction.
"One of the big issues for concern is the explosion of tournaments. Lots of bass tournaments are held during the springtime because there are lots of big fish available. In tournaments you put fish into live wells, and yes, they're released, but they could be held for up to 8 hours first. They're brought back to the dock, miles from their nest. So, basically, if a fish is caught in a tournament and brought into the boat and put into a live well, his nest is destroyed."
Philipp recommended that if fishing tournaments were held during the spawning season, then regulations should require that there be immediate catch-and-release, eliminating the use of tournament weigh-ins.
Source http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/04/090414153532.htm

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Gmoney
Gmoney

Texas,US

Posted Sun Apr 29, 2012 6:19 pm
Re: Choose instant catch and release over livewelling!
Watch Major League Fishing: The future of Bass Tourneys. The format is WAY better for the fish!

Chocolate Bayou/ Lake Conroe

Richard
Richard

Other,CA

Posted Thu May 3, 2012 1:38 pm
Re: Re: Choose instant catch and release over livewelling!
We pitched a very similar concept to the Outdoor Channel in 2007. I thought they "were not interested".

;)

R

guideman
guideman

South Carolina,US

Posted Sat May 5, 2012 5:19 pm
Re: Re: Choose instant catch and release over livewelling!
I watched my first episode of Major League Fishing today. This concept makes way too much sense and does very little harm to the fish, especially any nesting Bass. The immediate weighing and return of the fish exactly where it was caught is such a clever idea, we have to wonder why this has not been thought of and employed sooner. Every body wins with this! The fish and anglers both benefit from this new method.

guideman

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