By the looks and smell of the cove at Umphrey on Thursday there are lots of people that need to learn tournament fish care. The cove was full of big dead floaters
That's a shame right there. Sounds like the tournament wasn't very well prepared to take care of the fish once they came in. Although when the water temp. on the surface reaches over 90 degrees; no mater what you do many will die. Lots of those that swim away when released will not make it. Hopefully all these tournaments are doing everything possible to increase the survival rate.
Feel free to list all those things that will help:
- Section in the rules on how to take care of your fish in the boat; listing the steps.
- Several water tanks for the weigh-in line with aerators, fish bag hoses and cool water in them.
- Main fish trailer equipped to keep the fish alive if possible.
- Holding tank set up to air the blatter off on fish that were caught deep with trained attendants.
- Couple of boats in the water at weight-in dipping up fish that are not going to make it.
- Sign and release paper for each fisherman to turn over those that don't make it so they can be legally dressed and processed.
- When first fish goes into the livewell turn on aerator pump, set well to closed and run fresh water constantly until 9:00. Check the Spray system and make sure it is going.
- Close off live well completely and switch to recirculate only with Catch and Release at 9:00. Add one Quart bottle of frozen Lake Water every hour. That means you need 6 or 7 of these frozen and in the boat bag. Always remove the cap so the cold water can be released.
- Run recirculating pump on constantly. NO timer. Also run the oxygen if the boat is equipped.
- If your livewell is holding a big stringer of Bass change out the water at 12:00 Noon with a 3:00 weight-in. Add Catch and release again and two quart frozen bottles.
- Add a frozen bottle at 1:00 and again at 2:00.
- Use your Livewell pump-out to fill your weigh-in bag or fill the bag inside the livewell.