I am not techshoot, but I can answer some of your questions. The fish were put into a holding tank after weigh-in, with reviving chemicals to aid in recovery and to promote slime coat revitalization. The fish were then put into boats and transported to different areas of the lake where they were released. There is no doubt that fish put into a livewell have stress put on them, but most tournament anglers I know work extra hard to keep thier fish in great shape. We add additives to the livewell to relax the fish as well as constant recirculation of fresh water into the livewell. Another good thing to do is to run your boat from point A to point B with the live well full of water. This keeps the fish from banging around so much in rough water. Do the fish go back to where they came from? Probably not right away, but some will. Some may find a better life in other areas. I personally have never had a bass die in my livewell. Although in my younger days, some did in a frying pan. (My dad made me) It is a fact that fewer bass expire from tournament catch and release than from catch and eat. I hope this answers some of your questions.