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21 November 2006 - Dealing With Deep Caught Bass

The idea and acceptance of the catch-and-release ethic by anglers is certainly one of the most important developments to modern bass fishing. However, if catch-and-release is going to be successful, you must take special care when handling fish to ensure their survival. Don't think that a bass darting off when let go will be fine, just because it looks lively. There is often a delay -- sometimes up to a week -- between the release of a seriously injured fish and its death.
Catching bass from deep water is probably the most common situation where you will injure fish. Fish that adapt to deep water are under greater pressure than those living in relatively shallow water. At 30 feet, for example, the pressure is about twice that at the surface and at 60 feet almost three times the surface pressure. The sudden reduction in pressure when you crank in a bass from deep water has the potential to cause critical injuries.

Learn how to use a hypodermic needle for deflating the swim bladders of deep caught bass. To release air from the over-inflated swim bladder of a bass caught in deep water, remove a single scale from the midpoint of an imaginary line between the anal opening and the space between the spiny and soft ray portions of the dorsal fin. Insert a hypodermic needle at a 45-degree angle and exert pressure on the fish's stomach.

I never knew. Not that it applys much around her but interesting none the less.
 

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I saw this before and never really thought about doing it, since I only fish shallow waters. Interesting though.
 

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there is controversy regarding the deflating the swim bladder with a needle.

unless someone who knew exactly what they were doing showed you step by step, trying it yourself would probably do more damage than good. but doc would probably be best qualified to perform this minor fish surgery. 8)
 

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hey toothdoc, when do you know when its the right time to pull your wisdom teeth out? My upper left one has fully come out and it's sore... but all of my other ones haven't even come out.... lol yeah maybe i should have put this under open discussion
 

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Tim, it sounds like it's a good time now. The sooner that you get them out the better. Usually the best age to have them removed is 16-25.
 
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