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Got an interesting video for y’all, and I have no idea what to make of it.
One of the guys from 1Rod1ReelFishing was answering the call of nature during a day of ice fishing when he spotted a bass suspended upside-down just under the ice. He told his buddies about it, and — as luck would have it — it turned out to be the same frozen bass they had seen a full two days prior, in the exact same spot.
They went back to check out the fish, and were shocked to see it move.
The guys suspected that the fish was oxygen-deprived, and couldn’t let such a nice-looking bass die like that. So they set to work trying to save it.
In the process, they drilled a bunch of holes, and cooked burgers on a propane stove right over the ice. I’ll admit, I don’t know all that much about ice-fishing, but both those things seem like a bad idea.
Regardless, they did manage to get the fish out of water. Pretty remarkable…noodling for bass on a frozen lake. We’re impressed.
They weighed the bass out at about 3 lbs., and put it back in the water, which seems to get it moving again. The guys theorized that the dead vegetation sucked up all the oxygen, leaving very little for the fish. Frankly we’re not sure if the fish was oxygen-deprived, or just in some kind of stasis. Either way, we’re impressed. And they knew enough to put it back in deeper water that had more oxygen. So…good job, I guess?
At 8 minutes, this video is a little on the long side, so if you want the highlights, watch the first two minutes and the last 2 minutes. There’s some coarse language, but nothing too bad.
So what do you think? Did they save the fish or doom it?