Lane: I’m Lane Gergely with Sure-Life Labs. I’m here with my husband, Tony Gergely. Tony: We had a husband and wife tournamenttoday. It was another date that we have. We’realways on these dates. Lane: We’re going to show you some tips onhow to properly handle your fish and manageyour livewell. Tony: We do a lot of hunting and fishing,and once again she beat me but that’s coolwith me. The first thing we want to do is show youhow to measure the livewell and treat thelivewell. Make sure that your livewell isfilled to capacity, obviously. Grab yourselfa measuring device out of the garage or fromthe house or whatever. In this case, we justgot a tournament board out of the boat, butyou want to measure three dimensions of it. And you want to go with the water depth, whichis filled to capacity here, which is sittingright around 11 inches. So pull that out and what we’re going to dois we’re going to write 11 inches down. Thewidth of it which is coming up right abouthere, so right there, so we’re looking at14 inches, which is the width. The lengthof it, this is going all the way to the hingeback here, it’s where the batteries are, andit’s coming up to here which is really good,by the way. This is going to increase ourvolume. Then, we’ll lay this down, and we’relooking right at 22 inches. Go ahead and get yourself a calculator. You’regoing to want to take these dimensions andconvert everything to feet. So, you’ll take11 inches divided by 12; you’ll take 14 inchesdivided by 12; and 22 inches divided by 12. Now, you’ve got feet, feet and feet. Multiplythe depth, the width and the length of ittimes 7. 5. That’s the constant. Those are7. 5 gallons per cubic feet of water. Thisparticular livewell has actually got 15 gallonsof water in it. We recommend that you get these wells goingprior to even catching the fish. Get themgoing out there and go ahead and treat them. Now, we’ve got two particular products thatwe manufacture. Both of these compounds, thePlease Release Me and the Catch and Release,the dosage rates are identical. It’s one teaspoonof our product per ten gallons of livewellwater. Basically, you want a half a cap ofthis to treat this livewell. Now, you’re not going to harm anything ifyou put extra in. Actually, we like to dothat, especially during the spring and summermonths which will really help calm these fishdown. The reason we have two products is: this isyour general purpose one, the all around stressreleasing compound; use this all day long. If you do catch some fish during the day,let’s say, you accidentally hit them in thegills, you gut hook them or whatever, it hassome wounds on it, you’re going to make sureyou have, at least, one bottle of this inthe boat. You’re not going to use this allthe time, but if you’ve got a fish that’sinjured by any means, whether you did it orthe hook did it or whatever, you can put thisin the livewell with it. It’s going to helpthose wounds or else you can take a pinchof the Please Release Me and put it directlyon that wound, and it’s really going to helpsave your fish. During particular times of the year, you maystart seeing some foam in your livewell. Youmay have an abundance or an enormous sackof fish. Our products stimulate the slimecells of these fish, and because of that sometimesyou can get some foam production. Now, our products do have foam inhibitorsbuilt into it, but if you’re one of the luckyguys out there or ladies that catch a bigsack of fish, and you’ve got a slime buildup in there from those fish, which is good,by the way. You want that, but you don’t wantfoam on the water either at the same time. Just keep a bottle of this in there and justtake the cap and all you have to do is squirtsome in. It’s very easy. It only takes a fewdrops of it, and it will get rid of that foam. That foam needs to be taken off because it’sgoing to inhibit your oxygen transfer in thelivewell. Foam on that water is like putting a plasticbag over your head. You’re going to suffocatebecause 90% of the oxygen transfer in thiswater is actually occurring at the surfaceof this water, so just keep a bottle handyin there. Lane: If fish aren’t handled properly, youcan remove the slime coat that causes bacterialand fungal infections later on. You can breakor dislocate their jaw. So, I’m going to showyou some proper basic fish handling techniques. First thing you want to do before you handlethe fish is get your hands wet. That helpsreduce the damage to the slime coat. Firstthing, when you grab your fish, be sure andsupport it by its tail. Never hyperextendthe jaw, which is torquing it open withouteither supporting it on the tail or body sectionor else lifting it vertical. This fish right here, the weight is not goingto break the jaw because it’s in a totallyvertical position. You’re going to hold ithorizontal. Always support the belly. Neverrelease your hand here because this is whathappens. Jaws break or dislocate if you donot support it. Tony: The temperature of this water is very,very critical on these boats. If you wantto know the tempuratures in your livewell,you just need to get yourself a cheap thermometer. This happens to come from my good friend,Doug Hannen, because he autographed it forme. You drop that in or else you can get yourselfa cheap one from the aquarium supply storethat has a suction cup on it or floats orwhatever. Just keep it in so that way youcan easily monitor the water temperaturesin this livewell. Now, water temperature is really criticalbecause the cooler the water is, the moreoxygen that this water is going to hold. Now,during the cooler months you may not haveto do anything because really, your targetis 65 degrees. If the lake temperature is50 or 55, that’s great. If it’s above 65,let’s bring the water temperature down. Thereason for that is by bringing that watertemperature down to 65 degrees, you’re goingto lower the oxygen demand on these fish tremendously. You’re going to lower it down to a third ofwhat they normally would consume. Now, think about that. These fish now aren’tgoing to be stressing for oxygen because they’renot going to be requiring that much oxygen. There’s real simple ways of doing this. Carrysome ice on board. By having ice cubes, crushedice not blocks because they don’t melt fastenough. You want to bring this temperaturedown. Just go ahead and drop it in here. Now, this ice has probably got chlorine init, by the way. Our products, both the Catchand Release and the Please Release Me instantlyremove chlorine from all sources. Once you’regot it down to your target temperature level,then maintain it. I have these frozen waterbottles, milk jugs, anything you can get yourhands on. A summer time tip, which is very useful, isgo ahead and put a teaspoon of the Catch andRelease in the water in this bottle and fillit up with water. That way it’s frozen intothe water itself and you can take the capoff and it can leach out in our livewell atthe same time. It’s something you really needto do. And remember just please, go ahead and tearoff the wrappers on these bottles. Get offas much as possible with your fingernail orwhatever and dispose of it properly in yourboat so it doesn’t blow overboard and litterthe lake and get it nice and clear becausethis right here is going to come off and morelikely in your livewell. This can very readilyclog up your pumps. I’m just going to dropone of those in or a couple of them and checkit again in about 30 minutes. That way you’llmake sure you’re keeping your livewell temperaturesdown. Lane: Three percent hydrogen peroxide canbe your best insurance policy on tournamentday. What I have here is a half cup, plasticcup, that you get at the grocery store. Thislivewell here is approximately 15 gallons. A half cup equals four ounces, which is goingto be the perfect amount, because it’s inbetween. It’s not an under dosage it’s notan over dosage; it’s just right. All you do when you put your first fish in,go ahead and fill this up and simply add itto the livewell. This will keep dissolvedoxygen levels at optimum levels all day, evenwithout — in case your aeration goes down,your pumps fail, this will keep your fishalive, literally, with oxygen. A good rule of thumb is to check your livewellevery 30 minutes, if possible. If you’re likeme, you switch rods or switch lures that oftenor you’re going to get something, go aheadand flip the livewell lid open, check yourtemperatures, make sure your fish are doinggood. If you see a fish at the surface orrolled over, then you know it’s time to addressyour livewell issues. Tony: It’s the end of our date today, ourhusband and wife tournament. And now, we’reready to wrap things up and go ahead and bagour fish up. Now, I’ve taken our weigh-inbag and filled it up with livewell water becausethis livewell water has been treated, andit’s also got the right temperature. Or elseyou can go ahead where your pump out is onyour livewell and just hold the bag overboard. It’s a real simple way of doing it, too. Please don’t get it off the back of the transomof the boat in these coves. It’s got oil mixturesand things of that nature, and the water isnowhere near the temperature that you hopeyour livewell temperature is at. So, I thinkwe can go ahead and get these fish out becauseobviously I lost again, and the winner alwaysgets to release the fish. And it’s a prettygood sack of fish. So, her trophy is to releasethem. Lane: See how these fish swam off. This iswhy Sure-Life Products have been endorsedby millions of surviving game fish for over25 years.