How To Hold A Bass The Right Way | Bass Fishing

Hey folks. Glenn May here with BassResource. com
and today, I want to talk to you about howto hold a fish. Now I’ve seen on our Facebook page and on
our 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’s
right, and often times it’s not. So let meshow you the ways that you can handle a fish
and you won’t hurt them either. There’s basically three different ways. Two
are 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 in
mind when you grab a fish is you have to havea really firm grip on them. You don’t have
to 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 you
can see I got him on a little bit of an angle. I’ve put a lot of weight on the jaw right
there. That’s okay for a fish this small. That’s perfectly fine because he doesn’t have
a whole lot of weight so there’s not a tonof pressure on his jaw. Now if he was three
pounds, four pounds or more than that, thenno, you don’t want to hold them that way because
there’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 misconceptions
are coming about holding fish. With the smallerones, it’s okay to do this, but not the bigger
ones. Let me show you how to hold them the universal
way regardless of size. Let me grab anotherone. So when you’re grabbing a bigger fish, like
I said, you cannot hold them that way. There’sreally two ways to hold them. One is straight
up and down and this is okay for a fish thisbig. You’re not putting pressure or stress
on the jaw. It’s hanging straight down. Think of it as when you’re hanging from the
monkey bars as a kid. You’re grip is goingto give up long before your shoulder or elbows
do. This is ok for fish this big. Now another way to hold the fish is to support
its weight and then you can hold them sideways. Again I’m just supporting its weight. I’m
just putting, see my finger. I’m not grabbinghim. You don’t want to hold him, you don’t
want to rub off any slime coat on them. Then again that’s why you want to have a firm
grip, cause if they fall on the ground, theslime coat will come off, but this is another
great way to hold the fish. Great for pictures. This way or this way, but don’t hold them
sideways like I just showed the smaller one,cause that can damage a fish like this. Hope that helps. For more tips and tricks
like this, visit BassResource. com.

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