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Freshwater Saltwater Tips & Tactics

Bad Ass Fish You Better Not Lip to Land

by Keith Sutton   |  September 2nd, 2014 0

Photo courtesy of Northland Fishing Tackle

When you’re fighting a fish on rod and reel, it’s easy to get distracted. You’re thinking about one thing and one thing only: Getting the fish in the boat. And sometimes that’s best accomplished by reaching down and lipping the fish with your bare hands.

There are times when you’ll want to think twice before doing that, however. The rivers, lakes and saltwater environs of the Western Hemisphere are home to many fish that have mouths studded with row after row of wicked teeth.

Lip one of these toothy swimmers and you may find yourself getting stitched up in the emergency room. In fact, a bad encounter with one of these flesh eaters could leave you minus a finger or two…or even a hand.

Beware, these bad ass fish bite.


Photo by Ryan Gilligan

Photo by Ryan Gilligan

About the Author
With a resumé listing more than 3,800 magazine, newspaper and website articles about fishing, hunting, wildlife and conservation, Keith “Catfish” Sutton of Alexander, Ark., has established a reputation as one of the country’s best-known outdoor writers. In 2012, he was enshrined in the National Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame as a Legendary Communicator. The 12 books he’s written are available through his website.


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