We designed the Lippa4Life to replace the Boga-grip and allow anglers to safely control and release toothy species of fish. While we like the Boga grip for its robust design and a built-in scale, we feel the potential for injuring fish using it outweighs the benefits. In order to activate the scale, one must lock the boga’s jaws onto a fish’s lip or jaw and hold them vertically. Not a big deal if you are weighing the fish before you eat it, more problematic if you want to release the fish. When lifted from the water to be weighed, fish thrash and hurt their spine and jaw.
With our Lippa4Life we built in a 1/8” gap on closed jaws so that they could not put holes in the fish. We also left off a scale function and made them like pliers so that an angler would not use them to lift a fish vertically but rather keep the fish held horizontally. This in-water release method of controlling fish horizontally was the goal of this product, and it is what all our instructions and marketing material have emphasized from day one.