|Weight: 4 oz |
Metal: 6061 T6 Aluminum
Corner Radius: 3 dimensional, 3/32" over entire jaws
Fastener: Custom 18-8 Stainless 4 Part with set screw
Operating Tension: Internal 12 lb force compression spring
Range of Motion: 1/8" gap closed - to - 2.1"
Colors: Red, Blue & Orange; Hard Anodized Type III - Black
Available in Lippa Alone $110, Lippa w/Leash & Holster/File $145, or Full Lippa Rig $171.50(w/Leash, Holster, File, & 8.5" Work Plier)
Catch and Release doesn't mean much if the fish is scratched, dropped, and mishandled while you try to take the hook out of their lip - this is why we invented the Lippa4Life. By using the lippa, one is able to control a fish by holding onto their lower jaw thereby making it easier to remove the hook. If the fish is not excessively large, it is better still to hold the fish by the lower jaw and roll it on its back - as this subdues the fish quickly. The images below show how well this baby works on Barracuda and any other toothy fish - though since we were on a boat it was not practical to turn the cudas over. We have also successfully used it on large trout, steelhead and carp. The Lippa allows an angler to control a fish more easily than with their hands, and less abrasively than with a net (if they have one on them). It is, however, important to always minimize the amount of movement in the fish while holding them with the Lippa - no reason to hurt the jaw. That said, we have had reports of Steelhead and Dolly Vardens injured when thrashing - best way to minimize damage to jaws is to release pressure when fish thrashes. Similarly, with Pike and Muskie the lower jaw is very thin so best to lip them on the top jaw.
The specs and images are of our flagship, $100 version. This puppy is the result of more than a dozen C&C machined prototypes: one-up Aluminum beauties that would have looked right at home on a NASA workbench. The finished piece is even better, a work of art - that weighs next to nothing (4 oz). It has been designed to fit easily in any size hand - if you have smaller hand your fingers can fit inside the knuckle guard, and if you hand is larger it rests comfortably outside. It has also been designed to minimize the damage to a fish's jaw - the lippa ends will not close completely - there is always an 1/8" gap. These features and the hard anodizing finish are what make the USA Lippa worth $110