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Topic: Lip gripper recommendation  (Read 1056 times)

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I've never used a lip gripper, but I'm in the market now. What do you guys like?
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I have several lip grippers but like this one the most.
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I have had both the types Sonny and Al posted. Overall, I I feel the SS type suits me best. It does require some maintenance and a bit of oil
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I have had both the types Sonny and Al posted. Overall, I I feel the SS type suits me best. It does require some maintenance and a bit of oil

+1 to these guys' opinions.
I had a ling I wanted to release break its jaw trying to spin on the plastic plier-type ones, and have since been using a Boga that I got in a trade. It is far superior because of the swivel feature, IMHO. Just oil it once in a while. There are quality knock offs out now that are way cheaper than the originals.

if you go for the plastic type, just leash it because I've seen lingcod spin it out of an anglers' hand more than once, and then dive to certain death with the plastic gripper still on its face. :smt009
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When i started salt fishing 7-8 years ago, bought a Boga Grip. Expensive but works great. Added a small crab float to lanyard so it won't sink overboard. Sometimes a good tool is just worth spending a little cash on since it pays back every time it works well to catch and keep (or catch and release) fish. Feels like a big ling on a plastic gripper could death-roll it outta your hand.


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Feels like a big ling on a plastic gripper could death-roll it outta your hand.
I have not had that experience, and practically always land my lings with it unless they are gaffed.  Once locked in place you have leverage on that fish.  The small pinchers on a boga grip type always makes me think they do more harm to fish when clamped.
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I'm liking the plastic one as well.  I put the wrist loop on if I think of it.  I use it to gain control after gaff or net.  They only work on the lower lip as I tried it on the side of the mouth of a hali and no bueno on function of the tool.   :smt006
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I use the plastic one. Never had a problem, even with big Lings (but I bonk them before the grip). I would say that moving it to the open position in one hand can sometimes be challenging, and thats how I lost a Hali. But overall great, lightweight, no maintenance, and will keep using it.
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I like the SS clamp type.  You can go after a thrashing fish repeatedly after a few misses easier. You just pull back the collar and go at it again.  The other one you have to unclamp past that pressure point.   Fine, but my muscle memory isnt there.


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I've had steelhead and larger lings twist out of the plastic grippers. The metal ones work better....unless you lose them...lol


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Another vote for plastic. Simplicity when kayak fishing is a good thing (said the guy who pilots an AI with 2 sails and a bazilion ropes...).
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I carry both the Boga-style metal grips and the orange plastic ones. They each have their place.

The Boga-style metal grips can fit into tight spots, and are great for when you're trying to lip-grip a striper with a plug in his mouth. But the swivel feature of the Boga style grip can be annoying or downright dangerous on fish that like to spin/roll a lot, such as lingcod or catfish. Before you know it, a spinning fish can roll the line up around the grip and around your hand. Another downside is the metal pieces can punch holes through the fish's mouth if you're not careful, especially on thin-mouthed fishes like bass.

The plastic grips are my preferred grips for large fish. I feel like I get better leverage with them. They won't punch holes through thin-mouthed fishes either. But their bulkiness can make lip-gripping smaller fish or fish with a mouthful of lure very difficult, if not impossible. And like someone mentioned above, be careful when using them on lingcod: if they start to spin while gripped, they'll break their jaw.
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Another vote for the Boga grips if your fine with the price tag. My expericne is use for striped bass more than anything. In my opinon it holds onto fish better than the plastic when they spin. I also really enjoy how it has the built in ability to weigh your catch!


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I just lost my plastic grips yesterday attached to a small lingcod that I was letting Mabel lick before releasing. Hands were slippery and Mabel bumped my hand. Hopefully the fish will be able to scrape it off somehow. Next pair I will leash to the yak.
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