Team Marine USA Introduces BASS Pro-Fizz FZ-1 to Support BASS Conservation

Category: press release

 May 27th, 2009 by OutdoorsFIRST 

Modified May 27th, 2009 at 12:00 AM

BASS and Team Marine USA, LLC., announced Wednesday the availability of the BASS Pro-Fizz FZ-1 tool, which is used to remove air from the swim bladder of fish typically caught at depths greater than 18 feet.

Team Marine USA (Photo Courtesy of BASS)

The BASS Pro-Fizz FZ-1 tool is a revolutionary product that will enhance the process of fizzing, a technique which is recommended on fish that show signs of over-inflated swim bladders. The February 1997 study in the North American Journal of Fisheries Management journal supports that the practice is beneficial for improving the post-release survival of bass.

The BASS Pro-Fizz FZ-1 is the newest addition to the family of fizzing tools made by Tampa-based manufacturer Team Marine USA. A portion of the sales from the device will benefit BASS Conservation. BASS and Team Marine worked together to create the freshwater device, a reusable fizzing tool made from aircraft-grade aluminum with stainless steel components.

“We are extremely honored to be associated with a great organization like BASS, which was founded on and is committed to conservation,” said Jeff Strane, president and founder, Team Marine USA. “The FZ-1 is a necessary tool for all anglers who care about fish conservation as well as angler safety.”

BASS Conservation implements programs with BASS Federation Nation chapters and leads initiatives in Washington, D.C. BASS’ conservation director Chris Horton serves on a variety of coalitions, task forces and committees with government agencies and industry partners for the improvement of natural resources for all anglers.

“This BASS Pro-Fizz product will serve as a useful tool in anglers’ tackle boxes to help protect our resources and conserve our fisheries,” Horton said. “Conservation issues are constantly evolving and BASS continues to remain at the forefront spearheading improvements in fish habitat, angler access and education and resource management.”

The BASS Pro-Fizz FZ-1 is currently available at Bass Pro Shops and will soon be in stock at more than 1,200 outdoor retailers. The tool is also available at Teammarineusa.us or by calling 1-888-464-6423.

For more information on proper fish care and BASS’ Keeping Bass Alive booklet, visit Bassmaster.com/conservation.

About Team Marine USA, LLC

Team Marine USA, headquartered in Tampa, has become known as an industry innovator and pioneer with leading products such as the Pre-Vent Pro Series PV-1, Angler Series PV-2, Pro Mini PV-3, Pro-Fizz FZ-1 as well as a series of commercial grade de-hooking tools. Team Marine products are sold at more than 1,200 locations worldwide and at Teammarineusa.us. All products are proudly made in the USA and provide anglers with a true “no questions” lifetime warranty.

About BASS

For more than 40 years, BASS has served as the authority on bass fishing. With its considerable multi-media platforms and expansive tournament trail, BASS is guided by its mission to serve all fishing fans. Through its industry-leading publications Bassmaster Magazine, BASS Times and Fishing Tackle Retailer and comprehensive Web properties in ESPN360.com, ESPN’s broadband sports network, Bassmaster.com, BASSInsider.com and ESPNOutdoors.com, the organization is committed to delivering content true to the lifestyle. Additionally, television programming on ESPN2 continues to provide relevant content – from tips and techniques to in-depth tournament coverage – to passionate audiences.

The organization oversees the prestigious Bassmaster tournament trail, which includes the Bassmaster Elite Series, Bassmaster Opens, Women’s Bassmaster Tour and the Bassmaster Classic, the ultimate celebration of competitive fishing. Through its grassroots network, the BASS Federation Nation, BASS sanctions more than 20,000 events annually.

BASS also offers an array of services to its more than 500,000 members while spearheading progressive, positive change on issues related to conservation and water access. The organization is headquartered in Celebration, Fla.


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