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#12240298 - 05/10/17 08:33 PM Fish Grips
LoneStarV Online   content
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Registered: 07/25/10
Posts: 234
Loc: Here
Looking to see what you guys use? I mainly fish fresh water but have some Bay trips planned this summer. Looking for something lightweight and simple. No need for one that doubles as a scale, already got a scale.

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#12240350 - 05/10/17 08:54 PM Re: Fish Grips [Re: LoneStarV]
Brad R Offline
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Registered: 03/09/15
Posts: 1550
Loc: Texas
I like "The Fish Grip" available almost everywhere. Here, to see what I am referring to:

Fish Grip

They are light and I keep mine right below my seat for an easy grab.

One warning: use it only on fish; don't use it to grab anything thicker, say like a limb. It will mess it up.

Brad

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#12241854 - 05/11/17 07:01 PM Re: Fish Grips [Re: LoneStarV]
BKT Online   content
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Registered: 09/27/13
Posts: 1282
Loc: Apple Springs
I have the ones Brad listed.

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#12242138 - 05/11/17 09:21 PM Re: Fish Grips [Re: LoneStarV]
Vidahr Offline
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Registered: 03/20/17
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Loc: Huntsville, TX
Perhaps a dumb question: What's the point of fish grips? Does it just make it easier to get bigger fish into the kayak?
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#12242227 - 05/11/17 09:55 PM Re: Fish Grips [Re: Vidahr]
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Originally Posted By: Vidahr
Perhaps a dumb question: What's the point of fish grips? Does it just make it easier to get bigger fish into the kayak?


Some fish have teeth.

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#12242246 - 05/11/17 10:02 PM Re: Fish Grips [Re: LoneStarV]
Jim Ford Offline
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Registered: 01/28/12
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Loc: Texas
I prefer a rubber net. Much easier on the fish, and much easier to land a fish with. Especially in the summer, I don't like to overplay them. I use the lightest tackle the conditions will permit, and I like to get them landed, revived, and released as quickly as possible. Much better survival rates. I also feel that the lip grippers have the potential to cause irreversible damage to a struggling fish's jaw in many instances.

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#12242547 - 05/12/17 08:03 AM Re: Fish Grips [Re: LoneStarV]
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The Rapala fish grip--Academy Sports and Outdoors.
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#12245468 - 05/14/17 06:29 PM Re: Fish Grips [Re: Vidahr]
SARG Offline
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Registered: 04/01/17
Posts: 395
Loc: Texas
Drag a 40# blue cat to the boat one time without grips roflmao roflmao
Grips arent for dinks
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HuzK1JUa6jg


Originally Posted By: Vidahr
Perhaps a dumb question: What's the point of fish grips? Does it just make it easier to get bigger fish into the kayak?


Edited by Sarg (05/14/17 06:33 PM)

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#12245979 - 05/15/17 08:17 AM Re: Fish Grips [Re: LoneStarV]
Shaun Russell Online   content
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Registered: 03/15/08
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Loc: Ray Roberts
I have a Boga for grips, a net for everything else.
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#12246719 - 05/15/17 03:29 PM Re: Fish Grips [Re: LoneStarV]
Brad R Offline
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Registered: 03/09/15
Posts: 1550
Loc: Texas
It was noted almost a century ago by Naturalists, Biologists and big-game hunters that very often an animal grabbed by the nape of the neck will go limp and stop struggling. It is as if their survival instinct recognizes the fight is over. One man in Africa observed a large cat, a leopard as I recall, jump over a rather high make-shift wood fence, chase around to grab a fleeing/bleating goat, then once it had it by the back of the neck, the goat went essentially limp. The cat walked back over to the wooden fence and jumped it/scaled it and off it went with its dinner in its mouth. (Power: That's impressive to see a leopard jump over a fence and/or carry a large animal up 20 or 30 feet in a tree to eat it!!!)

Most fish sort of follow this same pattern where once their heads are out of the water, they slow down a bit, but when they are lifted by their lip, the fight is often over. They slow way down almost immediately. Drop it accidentally back into your boat? And, they'll take off all over again jumping and thrashing around.

Anyway, I have found that the big plastic grips do no damage and the fish seem almost immediately controllable as if hypnotized once you grab them with the grips. I often do this and then take the hook out.

The less thrashing around I think the better for a fish. A net works fine, too.

And, I'm not scared by many things, but treble hooks make me tremble! I want the fish subdued when I work one of those loose. Ha!

Brad

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#12257533 - 05/22/17 03:14 PM Re: Fish Grips [Re: LoneStarV]
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My fish grips failed recently. Didn't get the chance to measure that frown one. I lost her at the take out while lifting her from the bottom of the yak. She was the largest channel cat id ever caught. Fish grip malfunction has never been an issue before. But, I may have just squeezed them too hard which caused them to open a lil in her mouth smirk or they might have been worn out. So, I trashed em!

That fish came from a big hole in the river near the take out. I'll go back n get her soon wink
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