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An annual service and good cleaning will help keep this invaluable tool functioning as intended for many years to come.
By Toby Lapinski
Tags: general
A Boga Grip is not just a tool for weighing your catch, it makes the act of landing a fish safer by keeping the hooks away from your hand.

For me, the Boga Grip is an essential tool of the surfcaster and boater alike. Not just a tool to weigh your catch, they are the best fish gripper that I have ever used and will not set foot in the surf without one on my belt. However, as important as they are to my fishing success, it is an often abused tool when it comes to cleaning and servicing by most anglers—myself included. Aside from a rinse with fresh water and the occasional shot of WD-40, I do little regualr maintenance on my Boga.

Well, that was until I recently set out to service and clean my 60-pound Boga (the process is similar for the 15- and 30-pound models) and found it to be nowhere near as difficult as I had previously assumed or had been told. So if you have never done it, or cannot recall the last time it was done, today is a good time to give your Boga a good cleaning.

Begin by giving the Boga a freshwater cleaning. I soaked mine in warm, soapy water for a day and thoroughly rinsed it with fresh water afterwards. This eliminated a lot of the surface grime. I then set it out to dry for a few days before beginning the actual cleaning process. Was this all necessary? Perhaps not, but I had the time and wanted to get it as clean and close to "new" as possible.

Once fully dry, gather the tools necessary for a service. They include:

  • Assembly tool (included in the box)
  • Paper towels
  • WD-40
  • Rubber mallet
  • Permanent marker, paint, wax pencil, etc. (if you want to fill in the numbers)

As you can see, the list of tools is limited, and a full cleaning should take about 15 minutes from start to finish. I would advise keeping the user manual handy in case you have any questions not covered here as my description will be an abbreviated yet complete version of what is included in the manual.

Begin by laying out all of the tools and supplies and make sure you have a clean working space.

Use the assembly tool to push out the three pins located in the grip tube, body housing and trigger. If they are stuck, you might need to lightly tap with a rubber mallet.

Remove the end cap and grip tube from the body.

The jaws may now be removed; this is done one side at a time and you might need to wiggle them a little to get them to pop out. The trigger can now also be removed as well as the brake washer if you did not remove it earlier.

Push the scale rod into the body and remove the plastic spring retainer housing, taking special care not to let the trigger springs and spring ends shoot out. To be safe, remove these springs now.

The final parts to be removed include the scale rod, centering washers and scale spring. Your Boga is no fully disassembled and can be cleaned. Wipe down all metal parts with WD-40 and inspect them for grime, salt buildup and corrosion and remove as necessary—steel wool works well on the corrosion. Now is the time to fill in the numbers (if you choose to do so) with a Sharpie, paint, wax pencil, etc. and reassemble once dry.

Begin the reassembly process by inserting the scale spring assembly back into the body. Replace the trigger springs in the spring retainer housing, slide it into the body and replace the brake back on the end of the scale rod. Slide the trigger onto the body and reinstall the jaws. Take the assembly tool and push the angled end into the trigger hole and body housing, pushing it through with the trigger pin (long pin with detent balls spaced further apart.) Tap into place with the mallet.

Replace the grip tube and end cap, insert assembly tool into the hole and push it through with the remaining longer pin.

Lastly, insert the assembly tool through the hole in the body, spring retainer and pendulum arm, again pushing it through with the final pin.

Your Boga is now fully cleaned, reassembled and ready for another season of use. Be sure to rinse it with fresh water after use and spray some WD-40 into the body housing regularly throughout the year.