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Boga grip alternative

Discussion in 'Lure Fishing' started by bassbotherer, Mar 14, 2010.

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    Anyone use a different type of grip, boy those bogas are expensive
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    Lots of others about, but don't get Berkley's Lip Grip. That is a nasty cheap little tool that jams at the sight of fish and can't handle so much as 2lb bass without twisting its jaws out of shape.
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    Boga's arent expensive IMHO

    They are ideal for the job
    They are very well made
    They are built to last a lifetime

    If you gauge the cost over a long period of use (when you may replace others) the amount p.a. is small.

    A lot of people use them, I have never heard anyone regretting the purchase

    I had two other grips before my boga, which I binned or broke - now they were expensive in the short term.

    5 hard years after purchase, my boga is good as new

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    I think there is another issue here as well, if you are C&R, which grips do the least amount of damage?
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    I've been looking at getting some grips and still haven't.

    Use my hands every time. OK risk a treble now and then, but most of the time if not fishing the rocky ledges a fish can be beached.
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    Boga is out and out the best way to deal with a landed fish

    If you have to lift the fish out, then support the length with a wet hand below the anal fin

    As I largely wade, fly fish, dont photograph fish and use barbless hooks, its real easy - the fish dont even leave the water, most times

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    Probably still Boga, as the jaws swivel. Any lip grip that is fixed risks damaging the fish's jaw, particularly with smaller bass that kick about all over the place.
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    Yes, Biscuitlad you are spot on with regards to the Berkley trigger grip. I had a 10lb pike destroy mine, (no surprise after your 2lb bass!!). As you say no swivel facility is the main weakness. Of course Pure Fishing acted all so surprised when I stated the grip wasn't fit for purpose and then refused to deal with me directly only to fob me off on the unfortunate dealer. I went to war with them and in the end settled for a refund as life is too short, (I had requested that they replace it with the larger model which does have a swivel design). They more or less told me to be on my way and do my own swivelling! Completely arrogant shower with woeful customer service.
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    Sorry to hear that - I nearly chucked mine in the sea on several occasions when they jammed. In fact on my very first use with them, they failed to go round the lips of a 10lb cod as the depth of the jaws is too shallow. Now how crap is that?! All we can do is spread the word on forums like this that Berkley Lip Grips are absolute rubbish, and hopefully no one else will buy them.

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