Benchmark, the BogaGrip Fish Landing, Handling and Weighing Tool
While the BogaGrip tools have proven themselves many times over on the
California Delta our ultimate test came in the Amazon. Here the tool was used for
everything from landing and weighing Peacocks to handling extremely toothy fish
like Piranha and Barracuda. In the Amazon some of the local guides are outfitted with BogaGrips and are
personally held accountable financially should they lose one. To prevent the
misfortune that befell my original BogaGrip the guides tie a sealed bottle to
the end of the lanyard to act as a float. The implementation works and is
something that I have started doing here at home, and there is even a new
BogaGrip float being marketed online.
is not quite ready to be landed
In addition to our Amazon
tests we have also employed the BogaGrip for fishing for everything from Rockfish to
Halibut just West of San Francisco. Throughout our tests both of our units
have held up very well and there has been no issues with functionality or even
any signs of rust, even the grip has held up well. The BogaGrip is built like a
tank and as long as you donít drop it in the water it will serve anglers through
a lifetime of trips, it is no wonder why this is the landing tool of choice
among so many professional guides.
the weight on a male peacock bass
Price & Applications:
Most anglers will find that the mid sized Model 130 will satisfy most of their
applications, this is my preferred model for all bass and striper fishing as
well as targeting Peacocks in the Amazon. The smaller 315 size is good for
river fishing when targeting smaller fish and a lighter tool is preferable for mobility and handling. It is important to note that the tools are
actually rated to be able to handle fish that are double the rated scale
makes unhooking fish faster which helps protect both anglers and their catch
The largest Model 260 can
weigh fish up to 60lbs and handle fish up to 120lbs, though many offshore
anglers have used the scale to successfully handle Tuna much heavier than that.
The reason that we donít use the Model 260 version for the Amazon is simply
because it weighs so much and that extra 1/2lb. does makes a difference when
youíre limited on total tackle weight.
also makes it easy to photograph fish and is a common sight in the Amazon
In addition to just landing
and handling fish the BogaGrip is a great choice in cold weather and can be
easily worked with gloves on. The ability to weigh fish on the fly makes it easy
to cull fish and I particularly like how little maintenance is required over
long periods of use.
When fishing in saltwater it is a good idea to rinse the tool down after use and
a little lubrication once a year on the moving components is all that is
necessary to keep this tool performing in peak condition.
weighing big fish has never been quicker or easier