Putting the Squeeze on Fish

what is a clamp

In fishing, there are several things often refereed to as a ‘clamp’. The most common is a pair of hemostats. These are small, light pliers normally used in the medical field to clamp on a blood vessel to stop bleeding during surgery, First-Aid, or to clamp on surgical tubing to control, or shut off the flow of fluids through the tube. They are also invaluable for fishing. They are great for removing hooks from small fishes mouths when they get hooked deeply, holding small parts, grabbing small split shots, etc…

Another tool often refereed to as a clamp is a set of pivoting prongs attached to a squeeze lever, marketed by various companies like Strike King as a “Fish-Grabber”. Squeezing the lever cause the prongs to shut around the fishes body, giving you a firm, no-slip grip on the fish. The pressure can be controlled by the lever. These actually work quite well and are great for holding on to catfish, slippery trout and eels. I use them all the time.

Happy fishing.

Dan Eggertsen is a fellow catfish fishing enthusiast to the point of obsession. :) He's been providing solid advice on catfish fishing since 2004.

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