Helpful Family Fishing Tools: The Fish Gripper

During your family fishing trips, if your kids reel one in, a quick picture may be the next goal. However, there may be some anxiety about just how and where to hold some fish. Gripper-type fishing tools can help. 

Here’s why:

1. Angler safety. If the lure has treble hooks and the fight was kept short to improve the catch and release effort, a flipping fish can be a bit tricky even for experienced fishermen. And not every fish can be “lipped” like a largemouth bass; some species, like pike have formidable teeth.

2. Fish safety. Fish seem to sense if there is an opportunity to escape. If the angler fumbles securing the fish, another big shake or two is likely. However, if held firmly and securely, there should be a brief détente.

3. Kid confidence. Eventually, a young angler will want to try to do things without help. These fishing tools can empower them during a very exciting, action packed event.

4. Handy features. Make sure you get a fish gripper with a wrist strap to reduce the likelihood of it being dropped overboard. Some models also have a built in scale for a quick weight measure. My son’s gripper has a tape measure attached, if he can remember to use it.

For your next family fishing trip, consider purchasing a fish gripper. For some situations it just may help you and your kids show off your #FirstCatch

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Andy Whitcomb

Andy Whitcomb

Andy Whitcomb is a columnist, outdoor humorist, and stressed-out Dad. He says there are “people who fish”… and there are “fishermen”.  One of the few things he knows is that he is a “fisherman”...  To the point it could be classified as borderline illness.  Sharing this obsession is rewarding, therapeutic. He likes to encourage people to “stop and smell the crappie."  Enjoys catching fish, but gets a greater thrill out of helping someone else hook up.
Born in Florida, but raised on the banks of Oklahoma farm ponds. Now relocated to western Pennsylvania. He has fished, worked, lived all around the US.  He has a B.S. in Zoology from Oklahoma State as well...
And he met his wife while electrofishing. He has been contributing weekly to since 2011.