After being placed in the Joe Bass Team Trail release boat the staff is reporting many fish not being fizzed. Help with the live release of our bass by learning this simple procedure. We use on the boat syringes and needles bought at a local farm store. We do support and endorse the use of G Juice.
To fizz a fish through the mouth. This is a little more delicate but if done correctly is one of the easiest ways to identify where to insert the needle. Note: a longer needle or specific fizzing tool, such as the Bends Minder, will help you reach deep into the bass’ gullet/crunchers. Here is a quick picture of where to insert the needle. Essentially, you insert the needle just under red “crushers” in the top portion of the bass’ mouth.
Submerge the fish once you have inserted the needle. That way you will see the bubles come out of the needle. It’s important not to squeeze the fish or remove all the air from the swimbladder (this will cause the fish to sink to the bottom of your livewell). Typically 4-6 seconds of bubbles is sufficient. Additionally, one should continually check one’s livewell 5-15 minutes after catching a fish. If you see any signs of fish floating sideways, you need to fizz that fish to maximize that fish’s chance of survival.
This procedure has many pros and cons. Joe Bass Team Trail is providing you this information so to allow you to make your own decision.