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Topic: "Spinning" Lingcod  (Read 4188 times)

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ClarkT

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Hi, I wanted to ask how folks manage their catch that are "green" onboard their kayaks?   I hooked up on a very aggressive lingcod this weekend and had a heck of a time controlling the fish on board the kayak.   The fish was right around the 22 inch size minimum so I tried very carefully to avoid harming the fish (no gaff and no net).   While trying to hold the fish and measuring it, the fish went bezerk in  a wild spin and I could not control it at all ( I think we've all seen that before)   :smt002.   The ling ended up leaving it's mark on my finger--which was enough for me to say "you've earned your freedom" and I kicked it overboard to live another day.

Any tips would be really appreciated from the experts out there! :)

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http://kayakfishinggear.com/thefishgrip-madeintheusa-newcolorspinkandglowinthedark.aspx

Pick-up a Fish Grip - cheap and effective.  Or could go with a BogaGrip which are more expensive but high quality with scales.
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Yeah, I would go with the Fish Gripper bro. I hope your finger heal fast.

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Pony up for a boga grip and put a float on it. The advantage of the boga over the plastic grippers is that the fish can spin all it wants to without harm. On the plastic "pliers-type" grippers I have seen fish injured when they spin off (broken jaws on lingcod).
Still, some fish will always find a way to get you.
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Tight fitting thin nitrile coated fabric work gloves (Pro-Build lumber store) - I can tie knots with them on, hooks can get through,but you need to push them pretty hard to do so. 
   Lip gripper, never a net for ling- cuts into fishing time trying to untangle.


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one more vote for lip gripper of some sort.  I really like the "econo-scale" that bass pro carries.  $25 and it comes with a scale.  I have mine on a short leash and when a fish goes beserk I can just drop it in the water and let it spin on the string a sec, then haul its butt back on board  :smt001

as far as bite marks...my hands are perpetually chewed up, so I dont know what to say  other than, looks like you were catching some fish  :smt044

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one more vote for lip gripper of some sort.  I really like the "econo-scale" that bass pro carries.  $25 and it comes with a scale.  I have mine on a short leash and when a fish goes beserk I can just drop it in the water and let it spin on the string a sec, then haul its butt back on board  :smt001

as far as bite marks...my hands are perpetually chewed up, so I dont know what to say  other than, looks like you were catching some fish  :smt044

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if you can afford it and not harming fish is your goal, the expensive boga is the best,  Like Piscean said, the swivel action prevents spinning fish from breaking there jaws.
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That little ole thang? Gloves

+1 or skip the gloves and HTFU


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gloves and grip.. ditto.. or just throw it on the boat and break out the ol' billy  :smt044
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Thanks everyone for the suggestions--I appreciate it!  Definitely need to pick up one of the fish grippers, probably one of the lower cost options.   I'd be totally upset if I dropped one of the Boga-grips overboard.      Got to respect those "choppers" on the lings and halibut!   :smt003


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Pony up for a boga grip and put a float on it. The advantage of the boga over the plastic grippers is that the fish can spin all it wants to without harm. On the plastic "pliers-type" grippers I have seen fish injured when they spin off (broken jaws on lingcod).
Still, some fish will always find a way to get you.
yeah i love the fact mine can spin until this morning when the ling went into the most aggresive power spin i have ever seen and wrapped the leader and line and broke off the lucanus and i watched it snap, fly away and sink, but the fish was fine, until the fish be good stick came out and i relived the stress of losing that lure :smt003
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I would not waste the few dollars one of the plastic grippers cost , this last spring small stripers (22-23")  would come loose of the plastic grippers with little effort !


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Good Grippers, then I use a metal locking stringer, gills through mouth to keep from gettin' poked or bit, and if really fiesty, blade the brain, or woodshampoom, actually retired old ab iron.
I know ...one more thing to get tangled in or  float away, just save the beer and fish.