Yeah me too. If you're gonna hold it horizontally, for whatever reason, at least support it with your other hand to take the pressure off the jaw!Yeah, those pics I see guys trying to break their jaws really irk me. Thank you for posting. Seems common sense...
If you have a smartphone, there's an app called "say cheese" that gives you a voice commanded camera. When I'm by myself, I prop the phone up on the back seat facing me, line myself up in the frame and yell "cheese!" And it snaps the pic. Takes a few tries sometimes, but its better than laying the fish on the ground or floor...This was a very good post with some great info from all of you that have responded. I think those of us, like me, try to be too careful and then the bass slips out of your hand. Most times it's just me fishing so when I try to take a picture, I'm really not thinking about what it may do to the bass. However, because I would like the next generation to enjoy what we all do, I need to think twice about a picture. Generally I would lip him and hold him vertical while I back the phone up a little and snap a pic. But now that I saw this, I need to be a little more thoughtful. Hey, is a pic really worth a bass possibly being injured or dying? Hey, I knew I caught it so good enough for me
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Does a net also remove the slime coating? I laid a bass on the grass once cause it was so big I wanted to compare it to my shoe size. Sone one told me not to do it do I never did it again. But I was wondering if I net hurts them. I thought it was a mor gentle way to handle. I always felt weird about lifting them out on the line. And I have more control of them. But have I been hurting them this way too?
100% mortality rate for fish that are kept...Wow. I now feel horrible and like a huge ass. I never knew. I think I will be spending my day researching the best way to land a fish. Is this just a bass thing. I do take comfort that I am not just a catch and release fisherman. If it is of good size than there is a good chance I keep it.