Catch-and-Release Comes to Bass Fishing
Today bass anglers practice catch-and-release at a national rate that probably exceeds 80 percent. In tournaments, that rate is well over 90 percent, and in BASS events it's roughly 99 percent.
But it wasn't always that way. Before 1972, instead of catch-and-release, most bass anglers practiced catch-batter-and-fry, and bass tournaments were essentially fish kills with the cleaned fish going to support area charities.
All that changed on March 9, 1972, at the BASS Florida National ...
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