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Has anyone used this tool? There was an article about it in a Bassmaster magazine a few months ago, and I'm really interested in buying it. I'm scared to death of using a regular needle because I may stick myself. I would really like to replace them with this tool, but I want to make sure that it really lives up to the hype. If you don't believe in fizzing fish, please keep it to yourself, because I see it as the best way to care for deep water fish, and will continue to do it until I see reputable research showing that fizzing is more harmful than doing nothing at all.

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Sounds like it's better than a needle but the price tag is too rich for my blood.
 

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The only way I would pay that much is if there is a self-clearing feature built into it somehow. Needles are of course much cheaper but a real pain to clear when they get clogged. I also wonder what that knob on the side is for.
 

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QUOTE(esoxfly @ Jul 30 2009, 08:41 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>For use here? I'm not nocking, but is this lake (or Erie) even deep enough to bloat fish?

Yeah, the St. Clair River is. We'll pull them up from as deep as 40ft or so. Using belly weights or fizzing is essential for fish survival.
 

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QUOTE(CaptDoug @ Jul 30 2009, 08:42 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>The only way I would pay that much is if there is a self-clearing feature built into it somehow. Needles are of course much cheaper but a real pain to clear when they get clogged. I also wonder what that knob on the side is for.

I would have to believe that the knob on the side would be the air release valve.
 

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I don't believe in the belly weight system, because the inflated air bladder exerts pressure on the organs of the fish, and they do nothing when it comes time to release your fish, because the fish haven't equalized yet.
 

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QUOTE(esoxfly @ Jul 30 2009, 11:13 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>So belly weights do what? They balast the fish until they equalize in a livewell?
Yes. The idea being that if the fish is allowed to rest upright it won't exhaust itself trying to do so, and eventually they will "burp" the air out. I can't say that every fish I've used them on have burped, but alot do. You can tell it has when the fish goes to the bottom of the livewell. Sometimes the weights just don't do the trick and the fish needs to be fizzed.

AT THE VERY LEAST, it is the angler's responsibility to do something when not releasing these deep bass immediately. Still way too many are showing up at weigh-ins in poor condition. If you're not willing to take action and use weights or a tool like this needle, please stay out of the river.
 

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Belly weights do work.

Fizzing does work too if done early enough. I dont think it hlps much when done at the tank, but at times it may be the only way a fish has to survive. I think alot of time they just sink and die due to struggling all day trying to upright themselves.

I have seen fish caught in 40 feet of water that dont need fizzing and fish caught in 15 feet that do. I dont think there is a rule and its on a fish by fish basis.

Thats why when fishing a tournament you need to watch the health of your fish at least once every 30 minutes. You need to see the tell tale signs of distress, bloating, coloration, etc. in order to sucessfully help that fish survive the entire process and beyond. There are MANY anglers that only care about that fish once it hits the scales. But there are also MANY anglers that really do care about the fish AFTER the release. Delayed mortality can be drastically reduced if the process of fish care begines as soon as the fish is unhooked and placed in the livewell.

Oh and Mark, dont be afraid of a needle...the profizz works, but google Bends Mender. A much cheaper alternative....and in my opinion the way to go if you dont have access to hypodermic supply.

I hear you on the cloggin issue Doug. I had a needle a few years back that had a shaft that ran down the middle of it to clear obstructions. I lent it to someone fizzing fish at a weigh in and never got it back. I am still looking for a source for another.
 

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QUOTE(CaptDoug @ Jul 31 2009, 07:56 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>QUOTE(esoxfly @ Jul 30 2009, 11:13 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>So belly weights do what? They balast the fish until they equalize in a livewell?
Yes. The idea being that if the fish is allowed to rest upright it won't exhaust itself trying to do so, and eventually they will "burp" the air out. I can't say that every fish I've used them on have burped, but alot do. You can tell it has when the fish goes to the bottom of the livewell. Sometimes the weights just don't do the trick and the fish needs to be fizzed.

AT THE VERY LEAST, it is the angler's responsibility to do something when not releasing these deep bass immediately. Still way too many are showing up at weigh-ins in poor condition. If you're not willing to take action and use weights or a tool like this needle, please stay out of the river.

Ya, what he said.
 

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Thanks Mini, I just ordered the Bends Mender for $6.00 with shipping, quite a deal and it seems like a decent tool. Definitely worth a try at only $6. And yes Doug, I whole heartedly agree that if you aren't going to take excellent care of your fish in the river, then stay off of it!!
 
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