Landing Your Catfish – Fish Grips

Landing a large catfish can be a problem if you are fishing from a small boat where space is at a minimum not allowing you the ability to carry a large landing net.  This can also be difficult if you are a bank fisherman and have to pack your gear long distances to reach your desired fishing location.  While many fishermen have no desire to shove their hands into the waiting mouth of a large catfish, the thought of lugging around another large cumbersome piece of gear is equally painful.  One simple and easy to transport option is a set of fish grips.  Fish grips are available in many varieties: metal, plastic, with scales, with tape measures, etc.  Here are a few great options to make landing your catch a little easier without breaking your back.

Boga Grips

The BogaGrip is a made in the USA product and all three models also include a scale that can even be calibrated for record catches.  Made of 300 series stainless steel they are strong enough to handle fish twice the size of their scale capabilities.  All plastic parts are made from acetal which is extremely durable and uv resistant.  All materials used to make the BogaGrips are also saltwater resistant.

Model 315:  Weighs fish up to 15 lbs. in 1/4 lb. increments, is 9 inches long and weighs 9 oz.

Model 130:  Weighs fish up to 30 lbs. in 1/2 lb. increments, is 11 inches long and weighs 1 lb.

Model 260:  Weighs fish up to 60 lbs. in 1/2 lb. increments, is 15 inches long and weighs 1.5 lbs.

Berkley Lip Grips

Berkley Lip Grips are available in three models.  One with a tape measure, one with a 30lb digital scale,  and just the grips.  They are all made from stainless steel and feature comfortable plastic handles and a lanyard.  Positive action locking jaws hold your catch until you are ready to release it.  These are great for fresh and salt water.

Big Game Lip Grips:  12 inches in length.

Berkley Big Game Lip Grip with Ruler:  12 inches in length.

Berkley Big Game Digital Lip Grip:  30 lb digital scale, 14 inches in length.

The Fish Grip

The Fish Gripis sold under several different names by many retailers.  They are made from high quality plastic and stainless steel  and are much stronger than they appear.  The Fish Grip features a locking jaw, strong lanyard and come in a variety of colors.  One of the greatest features of The Fish Grip is IT FLOATS!  They are about 12 inches long and weigh only 5 ounces!

All of these fish grippers make a great addition to any anglers tackle bag.  They make landing a fish of any size much easier and will not weigh you down.

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6 Responses to “Landing Your Catfish – Fish Grips”

  1. Mark
    July 3, 2012 at 10:13 pm #

    I’ve been thinking about picking up one of these grip scales; this information is very helpful! Will be using it for bass, though, not catfish.

    • Catfishadmin
      July 8, 2012 at 10:43 am #

      They work great! I like them because they dont take up all the space of a landing net and are just as effective.

  2. tony
    May 4, 2013 at 8:25 pm #

    I used the Fish Grip for the first time today. We netted the fish but he was flopping around with a hook in his jaw. I clamped the grip on his lower jaw and could control the blue while I removed the hook. The grip also has a hole in the handle for a scale hook. The 28 pounder was lifted and weighed all in one motion.

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