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Daily Subscription Msg 1 Posted: 01:06 AM 07/25/06 (CST)
http://www.duluthsuperior.com/mld/duluthsuperior/15109141.htm

Basically 582 Bass were found dead, and most were from the FLW tournament from july 12-15. It sounds like there's a largemouth virus going around Rivers in LaCross(Wisconsin) and the stress of being in a livewell and then going to be weighed in combo with the virus(found in dead fish LAST year), kills them.

Definitely time for them to do a study of *LIVE* fish to see if they've got that virus there and how its' being transferred. Then after that they can get into the whole aspect of catch&weigh and immediately release with an observer IN your boat for tournaments.



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Daily Subscription Msg 2 Posted: 01:49 AM 07/25/06 (CST)
I would imagine heat played a role also...


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Daily Subscription Msg 3 Posted: 07:28 AM 07/25/06 (CST)
Bummer..
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Daily Subscription Msg 4 Posted: 08:04 AM 07/25/06 (CST)
From what I read about this is that the DNR collected a control group of bass and held them for the same length of time as the bass caught during the tourney.

Sounds like they held some of the bass up to 5 days in holding tanks. These tanks might not of had proper circulation witch caused the temp to rise.

The fish that were caught during the tourney faired as well as the bass from the control group so it looks like they screwed something up when setting up the holding tanks.


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Daily Subscription Msg 5 Posted: 08:22 AM 07/25/06 (CST)
I'd think that if you are out fishing the regular way,no tournement. The law says that once you reduce the fish to a livewell it is part of your daily limit & culling out of the livewell is illeagle.The tournements have to follow state fishing laws why not that one. The idea of an offical weighing the fish for immeadiate release is the way to go.
When I had tropical fish I had to be carefull with water temps as transfering could make the fish sick with ick.Fresh water fish would act the same way,right?






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Daily Subscription Msg 6 Posted: 01:04 PM 07/25/06 (CST)
The DNR put about 10 fish per day in 8 x 8 holding pens in the Black River.An equal number of Tourney caught fish and fish culled from electroshocking were kept side by side for comparison.The pens didn't have enough current flowing through them plus high water temps,limited oxygen levels,the sterss of being caught,an also being held for 5 days added to their demise.
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Daily Subscription Msg 7 Posted: 01:06 PM 07/25/06 (CST)
Whoops!!!Not 10 fish per day ,,,it was 100 fish per day.My mistake.
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Daily Subscription Msg 8 Posted: 01:55 PM 07/27/06 (CST)
CK, I think you are correct that the tourney fisherman generally must follow the law of the state they are in. FLW has a redfish series down here in Fla. and they make a big deal b/c the limit for redfish is 2 per day, they must be between 18 and 27 inches or they must be released, and there is no culling of redfish in Fla. When they show the tourneys on TV they try to dramatize it by showing the fishermen trying to make the agonizing decision of keeping a fish or letting it go in the hopes of catching a bigger one, but not a too much bigger one.

I also think you are correct that fish are very sensitive to temperature changes and that taking them from water to different water where the temperature is very different willl kill them. This is even true of goldfish, anyone who has kids that have goldfish has probably had them die right after they changed the water and cleaned the tank or bowl, you must first get it to the same temp beofer you put the fish back in the bowl/tank.

It is possible that the bass were released close to shore where the water temp was warmer than where they were caught. That, plus the shock of being caught, handled, weighed, held up in front of lights + cameras, etc. might do it.
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