I used it all winter icefishing on large Lake Trout, Pike, Pickerel and Burbot(Cusk). Works great for catching the fish and for cleaning the fish. Gave me better control of the fish and kept my hands alot less slimey. After calibrating the scale with a 2lb weight and a 10lb weight it worked fairly accurate.I definitely recommend it. I plan to use it soon on Striped Bass...
I was beginning to think this thing was jinxed! I bought it because I was catching a lot of “toothy” critters in the gulf. After I bought it I didn’t catch anything. Or at least not anything I needed a grabber for. But I have to say that it was with me and has held up well. Finally the jinx was lifted and I have gotten to use it and it works great! I wanted one that swiveled to make hauling a big fish into my kayak easier, as well as placing them back in the water to release. The grip on the fish seems perfect, at least one has not come off and no damage to the fish. The only downside that I can think of is it is a little heavy so much that if you drop it the coil retainer straightens all the way out. But maybe that “weight” is what is going to make it durable down the road!
I bought this primarily for the 'Lip Grip' feature. This feature worked great. Makes it a TON easier to pull hooks from toothy fish like northern and walleye without having to use the old-school jaw spreader. The rubber cushioned handle makes it easy to grip and control even with wet hands. The simple 'trigger' mechanism makes it quick and easy to release them back to the water. In the end, the fish is out of water for less time and is less likely to get injured (or injure you) during the hook-extraction process. So, that alone makes this product worth the money.
The scale feature is a bonus! I just have not had time to try it yet. However, I did notice that the scale spring created a nice 'shock absorbing' effect when the fish tried to thrash a few times.
Went fishing the day I got them. Thank goodness because there is no way I would've been able to get this 34" Drum in my kayak without them. I'm super pleased with them so far. It was dark so I wasn't able to see the weight on the scale. I highly recommend these