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Potential Fish Care Issue #12816022
07/04/18 03:18 PM
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While crappie fishing on RR yesterday caught a 5 pound bass. If the fish was healthy might've been 7 pounds or more. The bass had a massive hole in it's bottom lip. Maybe from a penetrating cull ring or a stringer. Bass' head was huge, and the body extremely elongated, and skinny. From the tail fin up to midway of the fishes body had red splotches. Was this fish sick due to the injury?


Re: Potential Fish Care Issue [Re: BCBassCat] #12816140
07/04/18 05:16 PM
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That is what fish look like that have spawned in the River Trees. They rub on the forks and branches. It takes some of the slime off and a slight infection takes place. She will be find. If that fish was mine; it would not get a culling ring during a tournament. It would go into the Big fish side.


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Re: Potential Fish Care Issue [Re: BCBassCat] #12816142
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I caught a 2.5 pounder this morning that had the same bloody red spots from tail to mid-body. I thought that was strange for July.

Re: Potential Fish Care Issue [Re: BCBassCat] #12816658
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Bass looks like it's in a battle for its life. Lots of infection and skinny. May be due to trauma from being previously kept. Hopefully it works out of it.

Things like non-penetrating cull clips are a good way to go. Not hurting the slime coat has proven to be very beneficial. The better care we take of the fish the better off we are. Just because you release it alive doesn't mean it will stay that way. Doing things to release it in the best possible condition just makes sense.

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Re: Potential Fish Care Issue [Re: BCBassCat] #12816684
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Speaking of slime coat. Watching Bass Live, I am amazed at the amount of time the pros just let fish flop on the carpet. Randall Tharp was the worst a couple weeks ago, literally fish flopped around while he positioned his boat away from the bank to hit spot lock.

I am quick to get fish in my hands if boat flipped and unless they are big, they never touch carpet. And if they are big enough to net, they donít hit the carpet either.

Iím just a little put off by the care most people have for the bass we spend so much time and money on to catch with little regard to the well being of the fish.

Re: Potential Fish Care Issue [Re: Minner Bucket] #12816819
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Originally Posted By: Minner Bucket
Speaking of slime coat. Watching Bass Live, I am amazed at the amount of time the pros just let fish flop on the carpet. Randall Tharp was the worst a couple weeks ago, literally fish flopped around while he positioned his boat away from the bank to hit spot lock.

I am quick to get fish in my hands if boat flipped and unless they are big, they never touch carpet. And if they are big enough to net, they donít hit the carpet either.

Iím just a little put off by the care most people have for the bass we spend so much time and money on to catch with little regard to the well being of the fish.

Iíve seen him on tv literally throwing every fish he caught into the bottom of his boat when he boat flipped them. They were taking some really hard crashes into the boat and I thought to myself that he could atleast be a little gentler with them but Iím not gonna lose sleep over it.

Re: Potential Fish Care Issue [Re: BCBassCat] #12816820
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Could be a few different varieties of virus or bacteria causing the lessons, but they certainly could be the result of handling stress; not necessarily due to poor handling methods either.

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