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 Posted: Fri Oct 16th, 2009 09:01 am
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Hi

Whats the best way to handle a barbel? I currently use a lipgrip but sometimes foget it in the car or at home... are there any sharp bits that I should avoid?

Thanks

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 Posted: Fri Oct 16th, 2009 09:44 am
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if your hand is in its mouth and you jerk your hand out you are going to lose a little skin and it makes these long scratch marks....

Best way to hold a barbel is push it's mouth closed with your thumb. Under the mouth behind the jawbone you will feel there is a natural "handle" for your fingers. This way you can carry most barbel and they lie quite still when you grip here. Bigger fish you can hold here and then support the body.

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 Posted: Fri Oct 16th, 2009 10:00 am
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cradle it like a baby in a caring embrace, lol, i just grip him like a bass in the bottom lip like marthin explains

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 Posted: Fri Oct 16th, 2009 10:18 am
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Barbel has an Achillies Heel under it's chin you will find a natural "V" press in with your index and 3other fingers and place the thumb just inside the bottom jaw.
Push the jaw down with your thumb - this jaw grip renders the barbel immobile - The pic Below might be a bit extreme as that is a 20kg Mona lisa but it best describes and shows how the grip works....

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 Posted: Fri Oct 16th, 2009 10:21 am
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Ryan,

That was my 1st date :fbash?

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 Posted: Fri Oct 16th, 2009 10:52 am
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Homie wrote: Ryan,

That was my 1st date :fbash?


You are very brave to admit that......

Anyways please with big cats support their bodies with two hands much like bass there lower jaw can sustain injury by holding the entire weight on the lower jaw....:wfish

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 Posted: Fri Oct 16th, 2009 12:06 pm
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MARTHIIIINNNN ,SHE'S BACK AGAIN TO HAUNT US.

Mona-Lisa,still one of the best Sealine-artlure catches,or should I say the best .

Cheers Ryan. LOL :wfish

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 Posted: Fri Oct 16th, 2009 12:07 pm
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Hehehe I thought you boys might appreciate the resur-eRection....

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 Posted: Fri Oct 16th, 2009 02:10 pm
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Lol... Thanks for the help guys... With a name like sharp tooth cat fish I was just a bit worried. I should be fine now though. I'll try the grip on the next one I get.

As a back up i'll keep the lip grip tool ready.

I'll also take it that it's safe to assume there's no pointy bits to avoid....

Thanks again guys, tight lines.

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 Posted: Fri Oct 16th, 2009 04:19 pm
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Oom kite ek het dit nie gemis nie...

Ryan at the artlure champs were there per person or just a team score???

i would still love a few of us to go down to the orange or evenjust the vaal below bloemhof and give it a decent bash for a couple of days!!!

African remember, the teeth inside are very sharp, but are about the same as the points of needles on a fish the size of Ryan's.... if your hand is in there, and it closes it's mouth, and you get a fright and pull out quickly it will rip the skin into threads. If a barbel clamps down just hold ur hand/fingers stil, open the mouth with the other hand and pull out ONLY once the mouth isnt clamped down.

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 Posted: Sat Oct 17th, 2009 12:29 am
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Eish, sounds like it's best to just use the lip grip. Lol.

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 Posted: Sat Oct 17th, 2009 04:16 am
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The grip shown is good, but should you ever catch one in the Okavango river then be careful, as their teeth are sharper and they are full of life.
I lost a lot of skin being careless.

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 Posted: Sat Oct 17th, 2009 11:09 am
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hey i always loose my skin on my fingers as soon as they chomp down on my hand i get a fright and pull my hand out lol. i think so i will need a lipgrip.
but i dont have a problem holding bass

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 Posted: Sun Oct 18th, 2009 12:03 pm
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bass are harmless... lol. Its a pleasure to handle them. These barbel are naughty little buggers... the moment I get them in the net they start moving like snakes and climb out... i was shocked.

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