Re: Practicing Proper Catch and Release
Good stuff. Well I think I can add a little to this. This is from one of my earlier posts. Lactic acid is a factor that is not usually talked about. It may not be the most important factor in the C&R success rate, but it is fun to learn the science of it all. Large amounts of pyruvic acids are formed when the fish is fighting (from glycolysis). When there is not enough oxygen to break down those carbs and get those ATPs (energy from a phosphate group being broke of) rolling it will start making lactic acid. The fish only has a certain lactate threshold, and once you pass this point you risk killing that beautiful wild stealhead (or other fish) because it won't be able to recuperate from the build up of lactic acid. The lactic acid will enter the blood stream (acid = low Ph (below 7) = bad). Our blood Ph is around 7.4 and a little inbalance can cause havoc in the body. I believe this goes for all chordates.
I am not a biologist so I am probably not 100% correct. I just thought I would share a little knowledge from my much enjoyed Biology class.