View Full Version : Air Bladders

10-21-2012, 12:22 PM
What do use to clamp the weight to a crappie that is floating because of full air bladder, If this is what you use to correct it?

10-21-2012, 12:45 PM
You have to use a syringe to deflate the bladder, before releasing.

10-21-2012, 01:15 PM
Is this what you're looking for: FlipClip™ - Fish Friendly, Angler Approved. (http://www.flipclipfishing.com)

10-21-2012, 04:20 PM
Just what I was looking for, thanks.

10-21-2012, 06:47 PM
Why not just fizz them?

10-21-2012, 07:56 PM

10-21-2012, 10:33 PM


10-22-2012, 01:00 AM
The FishClip is being patented. We been using them for years on the crappie tournament trail. I just drill a hole in a piece of wood the size weight I like and go to Radio Shack and get the clips and put the clip in the hole and pour some lead around them. I powder coated mine to keep up with the weight. I have found if you let the fish flop in the boat a little they usually won't float to much.I use to fiz them and that was a pain. Sorry no pics.

10-22-2012, 06:33 AM
Ice fishing depth sounders have been used for many years. Very similar to those "FishClips" shown. Nothing new there. Can't see how they can justify a patent?

10-22-2012, 08:18 AM
"Fizzing", or poking a needle into the fish's air bladder, can injure the fish if not done correctly ... and not that many people really care to take the time to learn how to do it. It can also cause infections at the injection site, as well as internally, if not done under fairly sterile conditions. But "fizzing" is generally used for fish that are being, or will be, released. These "fin clips" are for keeping the fish upright, while in the livewell. This is to keep the fish from struggling to right itself, allowing it to gradually deflate its own airbladder. While it may still cause some damage to the fins, it would appear to be less damage than poking around in the fish with a needle. :twocents

... cp :kewl

10-22-2012, 12:13 PM
Sorry, I misunderstood their intended purpose (livewell survival). I thought it was just for releasing fish right away, taken from deep water.

The ice depth finders I'm referring to work to release bass right away (especially smallmouths taken from water in excess of 35'); A hook (without a barb) is put on the fish's lip, with the weight attached to the hook eye and a string is knotted on the bend of this hook. When the weight hits bottom, a jerk on the string frees the fish at that depth and retrieves the weight. At least that's the concept, as I understand it. I've never done it myself, as I try to restrict my smallmouth fishing to water <40', thereby reducing bladder blowing, if released right away. I've never been successful - up here - catching crappie deeper than this either.