Stupid question

So I watched some bass fishing show on whatever, since they catch and release why don't they pinch the barbs, saw one Bass that ate it to the gills and the guy went in with pliers, he laughed threw it back in and said look it flipped again. Think it was cable 633


Indi "Ira" Jones
There is still a mortality rate for caught bass, thus the reason in bass tournaments you are penalized for dead fish. Some anglers know this and will pinch or whatever, but a caught bass is still worth more than a lost bass. As for non tourney fishing? Don't know. I do know that bass are far more resilient then trout and bass guys who switch to trout tend to have a hard time not lipping.



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Most bass guys I've ran into don't pinch the barbs even when they C&R. The worst is when you see them target other species like trout and absolutely manhandle them. I saw the guy from the city limits fishing show kill about 4 or 5 trophy (10lb range) browns because he used barbed hooks and lifted them up by the gills to show the camera. The whole time he emphasized the importance of C&R despite the fact that the fish he was throwing back were bleeding profusely.
Always pinch and sharpen my bass flies not so much for the fish, but with a fly rod the hook drives so much easier and I don't lose fish. Of course it does make it easier to release them. Love it: "He's a bass fisherman." The bass-tard.
Any bass that I catch I kill and throw on the bank. They are really bad for trophy trout lakes....... Example is when Chopaka had them in there. They killed the population of good trout.....
Bass aren't even native to washington. Handle them however you wish. They're really bad for most of the systems they're in (Columbia River especially).


Indi "Ira" Jones
Caveman, where legal to do so I encourage the harvest if you so wish but to blatantly throw fish on shore to waste unless there is an actual directive... seems... well... cavemanish.

Plenty of systems in our state that have both bass and trophy trout. The one example of Chopaka isn't even the full story. In fact when they cleaned that lake out they didn't quite find the evidence of small mouth they thought they would.

Evan? Really? Not native so do what you want? So much wrong with that statement. I'm normally cool but I'm not sure I understand the bass hate.

Evan? Really? Not native so do what you want? So much wrong with that statement. I'm normally cool but I'm not sure I understand the bass hate.
Yeah, really. Convince me to think otherwise.

Name one thing wrong with that statement. What place do bass have competing with our wild salmon, steelhead, and others in systems like the Columbia? They're introduced in every system/lake they exist in around the state. If it's not native, I don't think it deserves us going out of our way to treat them the way we would something that actually belongs there.