Ah….There is nothing like an ice-cold Mountain Dew on a hot summer’s day. That cold, amazing tasting soda slides down the throat with ease. It was my favorite soda before I eliminated all soda from my diet. But did you know that Bass love Mountain Dew too?
What?? Fish love Mountain Dew? How do they open the can? Do they get a caffeine buzz too? If they drink too much, are they awake all night?
Over the last several years many of the elite bass anglers have been using Mountain Dew, Sprite, Sundrop and other citrus-based sodas during tournaments. It has become a must-have tool in the boat. So how do these anglers use this product?
On occasion, bass take a lure deep into their mouths, and the lure can get lodged in their gills or throat. If this occurs, the fish will bleed quickly until it dies. In an attempt to clot the wound, anglers have been pouring citrus-based sodas onto the wound (or down the throat) of the bass. After the soda is poured onto the affected area, the wound heals quickly.
There is no current explanation why this occurs, but it does. Some believe it is the citrus in the soda, while others believe it is combination of carbonation, ph, and the coldness of the soda. Whatever the reason, a clot forms.
Next time you are trying to revive a bleeding fish, try the Mountain Dew band-aid. What do you have to lose, other than a large tournament check? Mr. Bass…..time to “Do the Dew.”