So evidently this has been known for a while now. If you have a bass (or any fish you want to release), and it is bleeding, you can stop the bleeding by pouring some citrus soda like Mountain Dew or Sprite on the wound. The soda contains citric and phosphoric acids that cauterize the blood capillaries. The sugars and caffein that Mountain Dew contains also helps invigorate the fish. Supposedly it really works. The bleeding stops and you can release the fish and it doesn't die. I'm going to have to try this. I rarely hook fish where they bleed, but when I do, it makes me feel bad, because they sometimes die.