CPR — Catch/Photo/Release

An eco-friendly alternative to protect our fisheries

Eco-friendly CPR Scoring

Fish mortality in conventional bass tournament circuits is alarmingly high. Mishandling, oxygen deprivation, high water temperatures and high ammonia or carbon dioxide result in dead fish at the weigh-in scales. Many more die following their release due to oxygen debt, toxins in the bloodstream, and infections. (Learn more about proper care of fish in conventional tournaments.)

  • Oxygen Deprivation 70%
  • Tissue/Slime Coat Damage 35%
  • FIsh Mortality 30%

Not so with CPR (Catch-Photo-Release) tournaments where photos—not fish—are submitted for scoring. At the KBF Open, bass are boated, photographed on an approved measuring board, and then released unharmed within moments of being hooked. Combined length, not weight, determines the winners. Photo-documenting tournament catches preserves gamefish populations and minimizes adverse impacts on aquatic ecosystems.

  • Oxygen Deprivation 5%
  • Tissue/Slime Coat Damage 10%
  • Fish Mortality 2%