Last updated on December 21st, 2018 at 10:16 am
Ah, muskie fishing. You’re relaxing in your boat, enjoying the peace and quiet, the sun is pleasantly shining from above, you have been blessed with just catching a muskie. NEXT THING YOU KNOW, YOU ARE SUDDENLY ON YOUR WAY TO THE ER BECAUSE MUSKIES HAVE REALLY SHARP FINS, TEETH, AND GILL PLATES! A solid pair of musky release gloves could have saved your…hands.
Since a painful wound does not quite fit neither this idyllic version of musky fishing nor the pragmatic version of people who fish for a living, you need the best musky release gloves on the market to protect you from these dangers. But which are the best fish releasing gloves?
In this article, we will discuss both Musky Armor and the Lindy Fish Handling Gloves. We will talk about their specific features and best uses in terms of pros and cons. That will help you compare, contrast, and pick the best fishing glove for your purposes!
Why You Should Use Musky Release Gloves
Fishing doesn’t just mean catching the fish, it also means being prepared to release them. Since most muskie anglers are thankfully followers of CPR (catch, photo, release), we all want to release the fish as quickly and safely as possible.
As such, fish release gloves protect both you and the fish. Unlike usual fishing gloves, these are more resistant to punctures and cuts and offer a better grip. This grip doesn’t just improve your confidence or make you a more efficient angler, it also saves the fish.
The basic idea is that musky anglers shouldn’t unnecessarily touch the fish because that removes its slime. In turn, that leads to fish being more at risk of infection considering that slime is what protects them.
A good grip is also essential for not harming the fish’s vital organs, which can happen if you hold it too tightly to avoid dropping it. And it’s not just about harming a fish or two, it’s about preserving the muskie population and your respect for nature conservation.
Musky Release Gloves – Lindy Fish Handling Glove
The official description of this fish handling glove is titled “a bulletproof vest for your hands”. And although marketers usually tend to exaggerate their descriptions, this one is point-blank accurate considering that the Lindy Fish Handling Glove gives you 8 times more puncture resistance than the average fishing glove.
We also like the quality material this glove is made of. SuperFabric not only protects your hands, but it’s great in terms of grip, allowing you to release the fish quickly, without damaging them.
SuperFabric is a sort of Extreme Textile that enhances regular textiles with armor technology, so you can deflect hooks and knives. In fact, it was originally developed for medical personnel to protect them from needle stings. On the other hand, this material does not allow you to easily fillet the fish or put the bait on because it feels a bit stiff.
The Lindy Fish Handling Glove isn’t just strong, it’s user-friendly, too. Whether you are new to musky fishing or not, you must know that weird smell your hands have after a day handling fish. Well, the good news is that this Lindy glove is odor-resistant and can be cleaned perfectly safe in the washing machine.
Apart from resisting odors, these gloves are also resistant to chemicals, gas, and oil, and you can use them in salt or freshwater alike. Basically, their added protection gives you confidence, which means you can release the muskies faster.
So if you want this fishing glove, there are three sizes to choose from, in left or right-handed versions. Just remember that if you’re right-handed, you will wear the glove on your left hand. Besides, these gloves are rumored to run a bit small, so take that into account as well when you are choosing your size.
• Increases dexterity
• Great grip
• Not for picking up small items
• The size can be a bit small
Musky Release Gloves – Musky Armor Musky Gloves
Releasing muskies means mastering the old Leech Lake Lip Lock, but you also need to wear something that protects your hands. When compared with the Lindy Gloves, the Musky Armor Gloves come with their own set of advantages and disadvantages.
For instance, the Musky Armor gloves are made from fine microfiber. As opposed to the SuperFabric, this material does not offer as much puncture resistance. Although it can protect you from gill plates and is a good buffer that slows down muskie or pike fangs, it can still be penetrated by fish teeth or hooks.
Still, microfiber offers good traction and it’s definitely thinner than SuperFabric, so Musky Armor gloves can be quite versatile, you don’t have to use them just for fishing. They can double as sun gloves, you can use them hunting, they are even great driving gloves in the winter.
In fact, microfiber helps increase your dexterity and sensitivity, and that is why it’s considerably better than rubber. However, based upon some reviews that we have read, these gloves start wearing down after catching 30 plus fish, especially around the fingertip areas.
Another advantage is that, according to the manufacturer, both sides of the glove offer protection, not just the palm. You can find these gloves in three sizes, M, L, and XL, with a good chance of getting the right fit straight out of the box.
If you decide to buy these gloves, we want to give you a heads-up about how they should be removed. Never peel them straight off because that turns them inside-out and they are really difficult to get back to normal. Just pull each finger carefully to get them out and rinse them a bit before you let them air-dry. However, remember that during very busy fishing trips, Musky Armor gloves might never dry completely.
• Increase dexterity
• Less protection against teeth punctures
• Not extremely durable
• A bit irksome to take off
Musky Release Gloves Conclusion
In this article, we have compared two great products, the Lindy Fish Handling Glove and Musky Armor musky gloves, each with their own set of pros and cons. But what it all boils down to is that the Lindy Gloves are more resistant to punctures, and more durable, while the Musky Armor gloves are more sensitive and versatile.
So which one should you choose? If you are an expert fisherman, versed in the art of the old Leech Lake Lip Lock, the Musky Armor gloves are quite affordable and reduce the chances of injury. Otherwise, if you don’t like to take your chances with cuts and punctures, you might prefer the Lindy Fish Handling Glove due to its superior puncture resistance.
That said, which pair of musky release gloves will you choose? What convinced you? Let us know in the comments below!