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#3763293 - 09/14/14 06:32 AM Belly Grab to land fish
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In the very little time that I have watched fishing on tv I have noticed a change in how they land the bass.

Instead of lipping them, they grab the bass underneath by their belly.

Does this kind of calm the fish or something?
I notice once they come out of the water like this they never flop?

Just curious.
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#3763310 - 09/14/14 07:26 AM Re: Belly Grab to land fish [Re: RUGER]
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I've have noticed the same thing. Not sure myself.
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#3763342 - 09/14/14 08:34 AM Re: Belly Grab to land fish [Re: MMHunter]
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I don't think I would do it with a rattletrap hanging out of its mouth.
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#3763347 - 09/14/14 08:38 AM Re: Belly Grab to land fish [Re: KENBOB10]
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I noticed that too and I know that lipping a larger bass can damage its jaw but not sure about the smaller ones.

Ever see them grab the bass by pinching the gill plates? That makes them quit flopping, I do that on bluegill all the time
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#3764133 - Yesterday at 10:22 AM Re: Belly Grab to land fish [Re: catman529]
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Belly landing them does give you a few seconds to get them onboard without them flopping, seems to momentarily calm them. This also keeps you from getting a hook in your hand while trying to lip them, which is harder to do accurately vs belly landing them anyway.
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#3764334 - Yesterday at 02:02 PM Re: Belly Grab to land fish [Re: Winchester]
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It's designed to keep from breaking their jaw which happens when you lip and lift larger fish
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