Tuesday, February 19, 2008 at 11:55 PM
I watched an episode of the show Bass Edge this morning and they were drop shotting for bass at a deep lake. They were fishing in water 30 feet deep or more. Admittedly, I did not watch the entire show non-stop, so I may have missed them say anything, but I've read fish can get the bends just like people can and these guys were bringing fish up fast from deep water. Now, on the Bass Resource web site, they mention decompression problems for deep water bass and it reads like they are talking about situations where bass are kept for tournaments. Apparently, the pressure can be alleviated by deflating the gas bladder using a small gauge needle. It doesn't sound like they touch on decompression problems when the bass is released right away. Do fish recover just fine if they swim back down to that depth? Are they able to or are they too buoyant by that point? Just found it interesting and wondered if it caught your eye. I don't fish deep lakes, but would like to hear what anglers out there do in these situations. Bass fishing tv shows are not always known for setting a good example.