Fish Tales: Florence, Alabama – Part Six

Bill Huntley owner of T&H Marine holds a hefty largemouth. Huntley was instrumental in the advent of the aerated livewell.

Bill Huntley owner of T&H Marine holds a hefty largemouth. Huntley was instrumental in the advent of the aerated livewell.

This installment of Fish Tales, videoed at the Florence, Alabama Chamber of Commerce in November, 2014, is quite timely with respect to this week’s trivia contest. In this video Bill Huntley of T&H Marine talks about his place is the world of catch and release.

When Ray Scott started pushing the Don’t Kill Your Catch rules for his tournaments, he knew there had to be a better way to keep fish alive than keeping them on a stringer. The solution to that problem came in the form of aerated livewells – in some case coolers – in the boats and Bill Huntley ran with it.

Huntley designed a built many of the aeration systems that reside in today’s boats and because of that, tournament release rates have been close to 90-percent of higher since then.

Below is a short video of Huntley recalling the course of events that happened.