your friend, and salt is the opposite in terms of anything you eat or drink.
As for fish care, an entire article could be devoted to this topic. In brief, try to get any fish back in the water as quickly as possible, and if it’s pulled from deep water, make sure to fizz the fish before releasing it. If you have to keep the fish in the livewell for a tournament, Au prefers bags of ice over frozen blocks, as the ice cubes don’t hurt the fish while riding around and he can better control the water temperature.
“I check it every couple of hours,” said Au. “You don’t want it more than 7- to 12-degrees colder than the water they just came from. And I know a lot of guys like additives, but just make sure it doesn’t include salt, as that can decrease the oxygen.
“Taking care of yourself and the fish is more important than anything else when it gets that hot.” •