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Still the Benchmark, the BogaGrip Fish Landing, Handling and Weighing Tool (continued)


Durability: 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.


This Peacock 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.


Checking out 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 capacity.


The BogaGrip 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.


The BogaGrip 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.


Landing and weighing big fish has never been quicker or easier


Ratings: (We've re-calibrated our ratings standard for 2008 and have included a key at the bottom of the following matrix as a guide):

BogaGrip Model 130 Ratings (?/10)

Construction/Quality A little heavier than other fish landing tools but there is a reason why, this stainless steel tool is built like a tank 9.5
Performance Excellent performance in a range of applications and is great for landing, handling and weighing fish in everything from cold to hot weather conditions 9.5
Price A little pricey for the everyday angler but if you spend a lot of time fishing or target toothy species this is a worthy investment... just don't drop it in the water! 7
Features Pretty simple in design but it is this simplicity that makes this such a reliable tool. There are other tools with more features but the BogaGrip just plain works. Features include a easy to activate trigger, non slip grip, and integrated scale 8
Design (Ergonomics) A little heavy but good overall ergonomics that make it easy to land and weigh big fish 8
Application Great for a wide range of applications ranging from fresh to saltwater and an absolute must have for the Amazon. 9

Total Score

Ratings Key: 1 = terrible : 2 = poor : 3 = lacking : 4 = sub par : 5 = mediocre : 6 = fair : 7 = good : 8 = great : 9 = excellent : 10 = unbelievable!
For More Details of the updated rating system visit our explanation here


Pluses and Minuses:

                 Plus                                    Minus

+ Excellent design and construction - Heavier than competing tools
+ Three sizes to choose from - Costly (but worth it for serious anglers)
+ Strong enough to hold up to trophy fish, even Peacock bass in the Amazon  
+ Quick and easy to deploy  
+ Reliable and built like a tank  
+ The original still sets the benchmark  


The BogaGrip is a must have in the Amazon and proves to be as refined as it is reliable over the long haul. It continues to set the benchmark for fish landing tools


Conclusion: There are a lot of fish landing tools out there and when it comes to weight there are many lighter tools on the market but few are built as durable as the BogaGrip. The BogaGripís patented design is simple and this is what makes it so great, this tool not only gets the job done it does so over the long haul and can stand up to both the fish and elements protecting anglers and their catches. There isnít a day I venture out on my boat that I donít have a BogaGrip (tied to a flotation device) within quick reach. There have been a lot of fish landing/weighing tools released since 1990 but the BogaGrip continues to set the benchmark by which all other fish landing tools are judged against.


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