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Keeping Bass Alive

Since 1972, BASS 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, BASS 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, BASS 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. However, the original KBA is still available for those looking for more detailed information, or are simply curious about why you should do the things suggested.

An additional feature that 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 contact BASS for a free card, or download and print out the list along with the full version of KBA (see below).

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 A pocket guide!