Many are concerned with the handling of bass at tournaments, and also dip nets. Here's a little history on these subjects.
The first B.A.S.S. tournaments from 1967 to 1972 were" kill all" events. All bass were kept on stringers, and after weigh-in they were iced down and donated to a local charity for food. Dip nets were also allowed.
After the 1971 season, B.A.S.S. invented "Don't Kill Your Catch.” We saw the need to protect our sport and came up with a system that is still working. We were still allowing dip nets until the B.A.S.S. Champs event at Cincinnati in July 1982. At that tournament, good-size bass were hard to come by. A contestant hooked a good one, his partner grabbed the net and it tangled in the depthfinder located on the console. The angler kept waiting for his partner to untangle the net and lost the bass. He also filed a complaint against his partner, claiming he caused him to lose the bass. So B.A.S.S. outlawed dip nets after that happened. Years later, nets were allowed again.
Here's a question to think about: If a contestant is landing a bass and his co-angler or observer or marshal or whoever is handling the dip net and the bass jumps and throws the hook but falls in the net, should that bass be counted?