Why You Should Use Fish Grips (Safer Fish Handling Tips)
Do you know why you should use fish grips???
Do you currently use fish grips or other tools to safely handle fish for catch and release?
This video is all about safe fish handling practices with fish grips as well as some of my favorites I have with me on every trip.
Take a look!
Why You Should Use Fish Grips [VIDEO]
My favorite grips to use is called “The Fish Grip” and they are made using plastic right here in the U.S.A.
The orange color of them is highly visible and the advantage of plastic grips is that they do float if you drop them.
So why should you use fish grips?
Grips VS. Nets
Fish grips are a great alternative to fishing nets.
When using a net to collect your catch, the mesh of the net can rub the protective slime coating off of the fish.
A net with rubber mesh is the better choice if you do choose to use a landing net.
But it can still cause damage to the fins or tail if those appendages get caught in the mesh.
It can actually split the tail which you may see on some of the fish you catch.
That can affect the propulsion of the fish when they try to swim and gain speed to chase down food.
In turn, that has a major influence on the survival rate of that fish.
Plastic Grips VS. Metal
The wide plastic lip on The Fish Grip is much better on you and on the fish than some of those wire or metal grips out there.
The metal grips with very thin ends can poke a hole through the fish’s mouth, especially if the fish is thrashing around.
Now the fish has a large hole in its mouth that can affect how they feed moving forward.
When most fish go to feed, they create a suction with their mouth and gills to pull in water along with their meal.
But if there is a hole in their mouth, it can complicate their approach to feed.
When it comes to conservation, this is definitely something to keep in mind.
For those larger fish that won’t fit in a net or you can’t get them onto your kayak, this is an excellent way to grab hold of the fish so you can remove the hook and release it safely.
You can keep them in the water alongside your vessel or pull them on board using the fish grips to grab the jaw remembering to support the belly with your other hand as you bring it onboard.
Also, fish grips help if you need to revive a fish after a long fight.
You can lock the fish grips onto the jaw and wrap the tether around your wrist or tie it off to the boat and drag the fish along until it is ready to swim away.
This helps run water through their gills to let the fish catch its breath and swim off safely.
Sharks, Barracuda, or Teethy Critters
For those fish out there with very many or very sharp teeth, fish grips are the safest way to handle these fish.
Because the grips are plastic, it is safe on the fish’s teeth and won’t cause damage.
Metal grips could potentially break fish’s teeth.
When handling fish with lots of teeth, try to grab hold of the bottom jaw with the grips and use your other hand to remove the hook with pliers or a fish dehooker.
While fish grips are the safe route to take when landing fish, they are pretty much useless if you aren’t catching fish.
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