Keeping Bass Alive

Since 1972, B.A.S.S. has been a leader in bass conservation. This article contains tips and tricks to keeping your catch alive.

Since 1972, B.A.S.S. has been a leader in bass conservation. Ray Scott envisioned how popular tournaments would someday be. He also realized that in order for bass populations to stay healthy in spite of all the fishing pressure, anglers had to change their attitudes from catch-and-grease to catch-and-release. With the “Don’t Kill Your Catch” campaign, B.A.S.S. set a course that would change bass fishing forever.

Today, it’s as important as ever to ensure that the tournament fish we catch will survive to be caught another day. That’s why in 2002, B.A.S.S. published the book Keeping Bass Alive, the most comprehensive book for tournament anglers and organizers ever published. The first version of KBA was filled with not only tips and techniques for taking better care of your fish, but it also provided the science behind the techniques. KBA was recently updated and condensed down to the nuts and bolts of good fish care, and each chapter is divided into a downloadable file. 

An additional feature we’ve created is the Pocket Guide for Tournament Anglers. It’s a credit card sized list of the Top 10 tips for tournament anglers relative to fish care. You can download and print out the list along with the full version of KBA (see below). You can also print this tacklebox-size card.

Take the time to read and understand the necessary steps to ensure the survival of your fish. It’s just as important today as it was in 1972.

Keeping Bass Alive

•  The Complete Guidebook for Tournament Anglers & Organizers

Keeping Bass Alive by section

•  Fizzing

•  Water Quality

•  The Weigh-in

 •  Hooking, Landing and Handling

•  Livewell Management

•  Top 10 Fish Care Tips