Bass Pro Shops® Grip Master™ with Scale
Great tool - bad experience
Just returned from Minnesota. Two years ago a fight with a medium sized pike resulted in me spending an hour and a half trying to remove a hook from a rattle trap from my index finger. Bought this tool to prevent a reoccurance. Last week I hooked a much larger pike. Got my tool ready and just as I reached down to grip the lip of the toothy critter, he shook his head, the hook came free but unbelievably, his bottom jaw went right into the grippers. Great tool and an even better catch. Unfortunately, when the hook came free, it ended up right where the last hook did...in my index finger. Got the fish to the live well and let the medical professionals remove this hook. All's well that ends well.
August 2, 2008
Good Quality, Great Price
I have been using these for several months now. They have helped me land many large grass carp and catfish over 15 pounds. They are quality made, easy to use and you can't beat the price. They have a nice rotating handle just in case a fish get frisky with a good non slip grip. The scale is fairly accurate and the overall quality is great for the price.
June 19, 2008
Very Good, Cheap Grippers
I'll tell you right straight that the scale is about a 1/2 lb to a pound off the mark. I've tested it w/ 5 & 10 lb sacks compared to my digital scale & it is off by that much. Then again this is an analog reading that most times it will not be that accurate.
Then again I didn't buy the BPS Grip Master for the scale, that's a nice extra.
The the gripping part works great. I've been able to lipe big fish w/ the BPS Grip Master & they do not come off. These are easy to use & not as expensive as other models of lip grippers.
I've also velcroed a small tape measure so I tool that is very useful. I can lip the fish & measure at the same time & the fish does not get injured. The Grip Master releases easily when you pull on the release mechanism.
Good price but much better when these go on sale.
March 18, 2008
As a 50+year bass fisherman, I have lipped many a bass, and on a few occassions, had to remove a hook from a finger due to this. With the new ultra sharp hooks, the chances of this happening is even greater. I have been using the Grip Master for several years now and it makes landing and removing hooks from a fish much safer. I like the built in scale, it is not as accurate as a digital scale, but gives a good estimate on the weight of a fish. When it comes to your safety, this product is worth it weight in gold.
March 6, 2008