Stripers must have flowing water/oxygen over it's gills.
Striped Bass can not rack the water over its gills in a still position like a large mouth can.
The "Striper Tube" is the only device I am aware of to keep stripers alive.
The basic concept is that it controls the stripers and calms them down by putting them in a dark environment with their
balance upset (Striper goes into tube head first and stands on its nose). The striper tube directs the flow of oxygen enriched water across their gills so that they can breath and
survive. The Striper Tube uses only 11-gallons of water to keep a 20-30 pound fish alive for hours in a small confined area.
The Striper Tube has been used in many striper tournaments through out the US and has proven to keep stripers alive for over 48 hours.
Lactic acid builds up in stripers during the fight causing muscle cramps similar to that of a long distance runner who stops suddenly after a long run. The theory is that a Striped bass held on his head in a vertical position ceases to struggle and relaxes. During the holding period the theory is that lactic acids are able to flush from muscle tissue.
No fish ever abused a lure or fisherman like "OLE Linesides"
The Spirit of Striped Bass has impressed me.
Please Practice Catch and Release when possible....