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Old 06-14-13, 12:28 PM   #1
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Default The Lip Grip is Out

This short piece makes the claim that gripping a fish by lip the wrong way can be fatal for the fish. Interesting.

http://thelimpcobra.com/2012/12/03/lip-grip-is-out/
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Old 06-14-13, 03:07 PM   #2
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I've never gripped a largemouth by the lip in the horizontal position. It's only common sense that would put a lot of pressure on that point. I've always held them vertically.
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Old 06-14-13, 09:53 PM   #3
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Thanks for sharing and this is an important subject, but I must say I don't think I'll be visiting "the limp cobra" again. I guess I prefer a web site that has some semblance of organization, grammatical integrity and overall credibility...more like NGTO.

As for handling mortality in general, I recall a tip from a magazine: In a good catch & release photo, there should always be water dripping from the fish. No dripping = out of water too long.
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Old 06-15-13, 06:17 PM   #4
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yeah I'm pulling it maybe on some fish but not all
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Old 06-15-13, 10:54 PM   #5
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I rarely fish for anything besides trout, but when I do handle a bass I always hold it vertically. It just always seemed like it would hurt them to me to hold them horizontally.

As for visiting the Limp Cobra site, I just follow his tumblr feed, so it all comes to me as he posts each entry anyway. If something looks interesting, I click on it.
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Old 06-15-13, 11:09 PM   #6
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I agree that this method of holding the fish, although widely used, will probably injure the fish. The first time I saw a picture of a man holding a bass when I was a kid, I remember thinking that this grip looked like it hurt the fish. I don't always fish for bass but when one turns up on the end of my line I always either hold it vertically, or hold it with a grip in the mouth and my other hand in front of the tail to support the weight of the fish. It's sad to hear how deadly this grip is on the fish. Hopefully many people will see this and stop using it!
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Old 06-16-13, 06:41 AM   #7
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I have done this to one fish for 6 years and he he is doing fine.
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I can lead you to articles where it says catching fish kills them, fish feel pain, they are stoked on prozac etc. It's on the internet so it's true.
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Old 06-16-13, 03:59 PM   #9
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It's on the internet so it's true.
I'm not quite that gullible, and although I may have been born yesterday, I still went fishing.
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The only fish that I grab solely by the lip are small bass (12in and under). Larger bass I usually do one hand on the tail and one on the belly. Every once in a while I will do one hand on the lip on on the belly. (I prefer grabbing fish by the tail though, been bit enough by toothy fish to learn my lesson)
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