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  • Keeping Bass Alive

    Keeping Bass Alive

    Complete guide to keeping your catch alive

    Anglers during Weigh-In
    Anglers keep their catches submerged while in line for weigh-in.

    May 10, 2013

    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

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    For more than 45 years, B.A.S.S. Conservation has focused on issues related to fisheries and aquatic resource conservation. We work with government agencies to develop sound management policies that protect and enhance aquatic resources; we partner with others to ensure government policies provide for these resources without compromising sportfishing opportunities; and through the B.A.S.S. Nation, we provide volunteer efforts to enhance fisheries resources and protect our sport. B.A.S.S. is world-renowned for state-of-the-art tournament fish care.
    Click the links below to read more about how B.A.S.S. Conservation is a driving force behind each of the following issues:

    B.A.S.S. Conservation Agenda
    B.A.S.S. Conservation Directors
    B.A.S.S. Conservation Partners

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