Handling Your Trophy Bass
There is debate as to whether holding a bass by the lower jaw with no support of the tail will cause damage to the jaw, spine or head of the fish. A recent university study in Bass Times magazine has shown that there is minimal chance of breaking the jaw of a bass held this way. However, KDFWR recommends that you support the tail of your trophy bass whenever possible when holding it out of the water. Along with preventing any possible injury, supporting the tail may reduce the amount of struggle the bass will put up when moving it; making it easier to handle. If you must handle trophy bass only by the lower jaw, hold it straight up and down.
This picture shows the best way to hold your trophy bass for transfer or taking pictures.