Fish Grips vs. Landing Nets: “How To” With Pros & Cons [VIDEO]

By: Tony Acevedo on September 17, 2018
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Fish Grips vs. Landing Nets Review

Looking for something to make landing fish easier?

Fish Grips and landing nets are two products that do just that.

Each one offers a different advantage for getting fish into the boat.

While both devices help you land fish, each one has its own pros and cons.

I’ve used both products fishing and have had some success using them.

In this article, I give you my full review of Fish Grips versus landing nets. I also offer some tips for using each one and give you my top pros and cons for them.

Note: Let us know if you’ve used these products and what you thought of them in the comments section.

Remember, we are not affiliated with any fishing product makers and your honest feedback is always welcome on any product we review!

Fish Grips

Fish Grips

Fish Grips are a device that features a handle with a locking system that clamps down on the inside and outside of the fish’s bottom lip.

The Fish Grips makes it easier to control the fish while landing it and easier to hold.

It also floats in case you drop it in the water and has a wrist lanyard to keep it attached to your body.

Fish Grips also make it easier to keep a fish’s mouth open while trying to retrieve a deeply set hook.

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Landing Nets

Landing Net and redfish

Landing nets refers to any hand net that is small enough to carry on your person but big enough to handle the fish you’re targeting.

They make it easier to land a fish by allowing you to simply dip the net in the water and scoop your fish out.

Tip: adding a pool noodle to the outside rim of your net will allow it to float in case you drop it in the water.

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Fish Grips vs. Landing Nets Video Review

In this video, I give you my full review for Fish Grips vs. landing nets. I also offer some tips on the best ways to use each of them.

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Links to learn more about the products shown in this video:

Fish Grips [Specs & Reviews]

Landing Net [Specs & Reviews]


Fish Grips Pack

If you’re looking for a tool to help you land your fish, these are two good products to consider.

Use the tips above to help you determine if either of these products are right for you or not.

Remember, we are not affiliated with any fishing lure companies. All our reviews are fair and unbiased.

If you have any questions about these lures or have a suggestion for what product we should review next, let us know in the comments.

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James Wilkinson
1 year ago

I can’t see how even rubber/coated nets don’t remove at least some slime coating even if the net never leaves the water. If you are going to release the fish anyway what difference does it makes if the fish gets of the hook. Forgot how many people fish for photos instead of the fun and beauty of it all. Fish grips are essentially vise grips so why isn’t there an adjustment for bigger fish . Attach a clip to the handle and clip it to your waist so fish don’t swim away with a mouth earring. Never seen a trout net with a float noodle because most aren’t so stupid they need to be told to clip/tie it to their wadders.

Gary Rankel
1 year ago

Good stuff, Tony, as always. For catch-release yak fishing, fish grips is the way to go, leaving the fish in the water while removing the hook to minimize stress. If the fish happens to flip off during the process, so what?? I do keep a Boga Grip on board for those occasions when redfish, especially, develop a case of lockjaw, as the thinner metal mechanism more easily slips between their closed lips.

Following a couple of needlefish bites and a trip to the emergency room with a couple of trebles impaled in my hand from a rambunctious ladyfish I also started bringing along both a small and large pair of fish grips with me to use for grabbing smaller toothy lizardfish and needlefish and larger ladyfish around their bodies to help secure them, greatly facilitating safe hook removal.

Dave Otte
1 year ago

You did a great job on this video, Tony. I really appreciate these ‘little’ things that can mean a lot at the right time! You always give me something to remember: Fish with your eyes open, and release with your fish grips open :o)

Chris Williams
1 year ago

Hey tony, great video! Just curious as to who makes the net that you were showing?