Hey folks. Glenn May here with BassResource. comand today, I want to talk to you about howto hold a fish. Now I’ve seen on our Facebook page and onour forums, we post lots of pictures and everyonce in a while someone will post and say‘hey your’e holding the fish wrong, you’regoing to hurt them’. Well sometimes that’sright, and often times it’s not. So let meshow you the ways that you can handle a fishand you won’t hurt them either. There’s basically three different ways. Twoare universal and one is contingent. So letme show you the contingent one first. Well we happen to have a volunteer right here. We pull them out. Come here you. Feisty littleguy. Now, one of the things you have to keep inmind when you grab a fish is you have to havea really firm grip on them. You don’t haveto have a death grip, but a really firm gripso he doesn’t wriggle out of your hands. Now, the contingent way to hold them, so youcan see I got him on a little bit of an angle. I’ve put a lot of weight on the jaw rightthere. That’s okay for a fish this small. That’s perfectly fine because he doesn’t havea whole lot of weight so there’s not a tonof pressure on his jaw. Now if he was threepounds, four pounds or more than that, thenno, you don’t want to hold them that way becausethere’s too much pressure on the jaw and youcan actually damage it. But a fish this size,this is perfectly acceptable. And I think this is where a lot of misconceptionsare coming about holding fish. With the smallerones, it’s okay to do this, but not the biggerones. Let me show you how to hold them the universalway regardless of size. Let me grab anotherone. So when you’re grabbing a bigger fish, likeI said, you cannot hold them that way. There’sreally two ways to hold them. One is straightup and down and this is okay for a fish thisbig. You’re not putting pressure or stresson the jaw. It’s hanging straight down. Think of it as when you’re hanging from themonkey bars as a kid. You’re grip is goingto give up long before your shoulder or elbowsdo. This is ok for fish this big. Now another way to hold the fish is to supportits weight and then you can hold them sideways. Again I’m just supporting its weight. I’mjust putting, see my finger. I’m not grabbinghim. You don’t want to hold him, you don’twant to rub off any slime coat on them. Then again that’s why you want to have a firmgrip, cause if they fall on the ground, theslime coat will come off, but this is anothergreat way to hold the fish. Great for pictures. This way or this way, but don’t hold themsideways like I just showed the smaller one,cause that can damage a fish like this. Hope that helps. For more tips and trickslike this, visit BassResource. com.