Keeping Bass Alive: A Guidebook for Tournament Anglers & Organizers

Thirty-five years ago, B.A.S.S. introduced catch-and-release to the world of tournament bass fishing. The Ontario B.A.S.S. Nation is very proud of our B.A.S.S. Nation Conservation heritage. The Keeping Bass Alive book is a terrific summary of what anglers and tournament organizers need to know. From live wells to weigh-ins to live release boats, this guide will help anglers and organizers with tips and tricks to help ensure bass are released alive and well after each and every event. If you are an Ontario B.A.S.S. Member and seeking more information about fish care feel free to reach out to our Conservation Director: Jason Barnucz (

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How to Treat Barotrauma in Smallmouth Bass

Here is a great video courtesy of B.A.S.S. featuring New York B.A.S.S. Nation Conservation Director, Barb Ellitot. She walks us through the steps involved in properly treating Barotrauma using a technique called ‘fizzing’. For any anglers fishing in deep waters for bass should watch this video.

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