Recently I’ve been asked several questions by a friend who just purchased his first bass boat. A few of these questions I’m answering right here on my blog, so that others who may be just getting started can benefit also. I’ll be answering 3 of these questions over the next few postings…
Question #1: What type of products should I have on hand for my livewell to keep my fish protected?
There are 3 things that I do to protect my fish up to the weigh-in:
BassRx - Check it out at www.bassrx.com. This additive helps calm the fish in your livewell and also helps the healing process with any open wounds the fish may have.
Hydrogen Peroxide – Yup. Dirt cheap at any mass merchandiser or drug store. H2O2, in safe concentrations, will actually saturate any water you’re adding it to with oxygen. Use 1 oz. for every gallon of water (usually about 5 oz. in a standard 15-gallon livewell).
Ice – I always have some ice on hand in my boat’s cooler to A.) Keep my Powerade cold, and B.) Drop by the handfull into my livewell on hot days to cool down my fish’s environment.
This past summer, during a Fishers of Men Legacy Tournament on the Horseshoe Chain of Lakes in Minnesota, my livewell pumps quit working. It was a warm day and our limit of bass were starting to belly-up. Fortunately for us, I had all 3 of the ingredients above! That, plus pouring a bucket of fresh lake water every 20 minutes into the livewell from about 4 feet in the air, helped stir up the water, oxygenizing it and bringing our fish to the weigh-in just as lively as when they were caught! Try these tips and have these things handy to keep your catch fresh… you’ll be glad you did!
Until next time…
It doesn’t matter what color rubber worm you use… as long as it’s purple!