Fizz… Oh, What a Relief it is!

After watching this Lake Amistad bass get “fizzed”, I’m trying to figure out how to perform a similar technique on humans. I could really use something like this after a big mexican food dinner. Alka Seltzer and Pepto ain’t got nothin’ on the fizz!

You’ve probably heard of fizzing, but if you haven’t, it’s basically the simple practice of letting air out of a fish’s swim bladder using some type of venting tool, like a large needle. B.A.S.S. actually has their own tool designed for the procedure—the Pro Fizz FZ-1.

If you fish water deeper than 20 feet, fizzing is a practice you should become familiar with. When you haul a fish up quickly from that kind of depth, the pressure change can cause the swim bladder to become distended, which causes the fish to float and eventually die. You know that feeling you get after you’ve chowed down on way too many deep-fried finger foods and you can’t do anything but lay on the couch and stare at the ceiling fan for 6 hours? That’s kinda how a bass feels after you jerk him off a rock pile in 30 feet of water.

When used correctly, a fizzing tool or needle vents the swim bladder, allowing the fish to swim upright and live to be caught another day. This sounds like the perfect procedure to learn in preparation for the upcoming Thanksgiving face-stuffing fest I’m about to relish/endure.

Fill up on too many rolls? No problemo. Just fizz your gut (the belly button seems like a good place to try) and slam down another 4 pounds of fried turkey!

No room for dessert(s) after cramming that third helping of grandma’s dressing into your gullet? No worries, amigo! Just fizz it and forget it!

Poke, Poke, Fizz, Fizz – Back to the kitchen for more mashed potatoes, it is!

Yep. Pretty sure this is the best idea ever.

Disclaimer: Bass Parade is not responsible for any injuries that may occur when attempting to insert a fizzing needle into your belly button. Attempt any such procedure at your own risk.

Oh yeah, almost forgot the video of the bass. I’m pretty sure I can hear these Texas largemouth say “Ahhhhhh” as they get deflated.

1 Comment

1 Comment

  1. Bob Linnane Queensland Australia

    November 25, 2010 at 1:31 am

    Good Stuff…
    I’ve been using a Team Marine Venting Tool for the last couple of years, on Saltwater Species, here in Queensland.
    Just started to use the tool on our Freshwater Species, also…
    Venting works, but, I am having trouble convincing other fishoes to use them ( Venting Tools ) Video clips like this should help educate the knockers.
    Good One Mate…

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