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Good topic.

I think a lot of fish gets wasted. I can’t see people actually eating a full rack of trout/salmon. It is good for advertising and that’s about it.


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You can’t beat a Boga Grip. Very well made and has an accurate scale built in 

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I leave them in the net along the boat and remove the hook while they are in the net. get a quick picture if you want and then revive over the side. handle as little as possible.

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As much as possible I try not to net, handle, or otherwise touch them and use needle nose pliers to grip the single hooks I use and a quick twist of the wrist usually releases them safely without taking them out of the water if I can. It is another reason I stopped using trebles on my spoons a long time ago only on flies and sticks. Unfortunately the method isn't real practical with the small trebles on the sticks.

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Boga grips are a great tool when used properly. There have been studies done showing injuries to fish when held vertically on a Boga. When Large trout, pike and musky are held vertically, their internal organs slide down and can be damaged. It can also damage their spine. There was a big write up in the DEC regulations a couple years ago about it.


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Beauty of the Boga (or similar products) is when you pull the fish in with the net you grab it by the jaw and pull it out of the net. The alternative is putting your hand inside the fishes Gill plate and pulling it out of the net.
Seen a lot more blood spilled utilizing the conventional method.
Do agree totally regarding proper care for any fish that is going to be released.


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On 7/17/2021 at 9:17 AM, reeleyz said:

Good topic.

I think a lot of fish gets wasted. I can’t see people actually eating a full rack of trout/salmon. It is good for advertising and that’s about it.


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I have thought the same thing for years. We were on a charter a couple of years ago. My buddy landed a med king and told the mate to let it go. The Capt nearly fell overboard.

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On 7/17/2021 at 6:24 PM, whaler1 said:

Beauty of the Boga (or similar products) is when you pull the fish in with the net you grab it by the jaw and pull it out of the net. The alternative is putting your hand inside the fishes Gill plate and pulling it out of the net.
Seen a lot more blood spilled utilizing the conventional method.
Do agree totally regarding proper care for any fish that is going to be released.


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I dont think holding a heavy fish from the bottom jaw is a good idea at all. Grab the tail tightly and cradle under the head/gill area. Not putting fingers in the gills. Use the boga to pull the fish through the water maybe but dont hold the fish up by the jaw.

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