A Florida fisherman successfully extracted a 22-inch snake from the belly of a big largemouth bass using a seven-inch Senko.
The angling world is full of surprises, and this silent video is no exception. In just a few short seconds, we witness a Florida largemouth bass being caught, only to reveal its most recent meal – a lengthy snake that appears to be much larger than the bass itself! With impressive dexterity, the angler grips the bass's jaw with one hand and slowly tugs at the snake with the other. Watching the video is like watching a magic trick, as the angler keeps pulling and pulling, revealing more and more of the snake's body until finally, the whole thing is extracted from the bass's mouth. Despite the ordeal, it's likely that the bass survived, as they are known for their hardiness.
Checking the stomach contents of a live fish may be controversial, but it's a common practice in the angling world, especially for trout fishing. To ensure that you're prepared for any surprise, always bring a variety of lures and baits with you when you're out fishing. It's also helpful to research the types of fish in the area you'll be fishing, as well as their feeding habits and preferences. With the right knowledge and gear, you never know what surprises you might uncover on your next fishing trip.
Largemouth bass have unique eating habits that differentiate them from trout. They are known for their tendency to consume large meals, which can range from bluegills to even two-foot snakes. This means that the small turkey baster pumps sold at fly shops and other retailers may not be as effective for bass and other warm-water species. Instead, fisheries professor Mark Cornwell suggests using a medical technique called "lavage," which involves flushing out the stomach with a liquid-filled syringe. This method is not only safer for the angler but also for the fish. Cornwell also wrote an article about stomach pumping for Bass Resource, highlighting the importance of using safe techniques when examining the stomach contents of live fish.
While using a stomach pump is a controversial topic among fly anglers, it is still a valuable tool for understanding a trout's feeding habits and the overall health of the fishery. Some anglers are hesitant to use a stomach pump because of the perceived harm it may cause to the fish, but when used properly, it can be a harmless way to collect important data. The right technique involves using a soft rubber pump to gently extract a small sample of the stomach contents, without harming the fish.
However, it's important to note that stomach pumping should be done sparingly and with caution. Trout are sensitive creatures and repeated or improper pumping can lead to stress, injury, or even death. As with any catch-and-release practice, anglers should prioritize the well-being of the fish and minimize any unnecessary harm.
If you are new to stomach pumping, it's a good idea to seek guidance from experienced anglers or local guides who can teach you the proper technique and ensure that you are using the right equipment. With proper technique and responsible use, stomach pumping can be a valuable tool for learning about the
feeding habits of trout and the overall
health of your local fishery.