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A helpful tip- keeping "FIVE ALIVE"

posted Aug 24, 2009, 12:09 PM by Eric Fetterman   [ updated Mar 13, 2010, 3:03 PM ]
This is the main concern for any angler who fishes tournaments either with us, or larger scale tournaments around the globe. Keeping your fish alive not only thru the day, but during weigh-in and AFTER the weigh in is an absolute must. The best way to ensure your fish stay happy and healthy- keep the water a little cooler than what they are in now (it will slow metabolism and slow the fish down) with a gallon ziplock baggie of ice. One bag will last a few hours, the first one melts rather quickly, so keep checking it. I usually keep 4-5 of these in a separate cooler. You can even freeze water bottles to add on a regular basis, it serves the same purpose. Once one fish goes in, and so does the ice. Also, there are products that you can add to the water, just like Rejuvenade, which also help calm the fish. The combination of the cooler water temperature and an awesome additive like Rejuvenade will exponentially increase the survival rate of your fish. We all strive for the best in ourselves while we are fishing, we should also strive for the best for the fish we catch, so we can continue our love of bass fishing by catching that fish again another day.
Plans are in the works now to ensure that there will be some Rejuvenade available for all anglers at the beginning of each of our tournaments from this point forward. Be sure to ask for it when you sign up to register. By utilizing ICE AND REJUVENADE, you will help keep "FIVE ALIVE".
On a personal note- At the Cayuga tournament, my teams total weight was deducted a .2 lb. penalty for one dead fish. We finished in 11th. We would have came in 9th if all 5 fish made it back alive. Now, it may not seem to matter, but if our weight was bigger it could have made all the difference in the world having that one dead fish. It could have been the difference between going home, and going home with a plaque and a payday (and 5 live fish) so keep the well-being of the fish in mind BEFORE AND AFTER you set the hook!