There are hundreds, if not thousands, of fishing tools on the market now. Every company in the fishing space has slapped its logo on a set of pliers or scissors and flooded the market, so it’s hard to tell what’s a good buy and what’s not. Here are a few tools we’ve used and had good success with and one new one that has peaked our interest enough to add to the list of tools we will sample soon.
Fishing Tools | #1: Gamakatsu Micro Split Ring Pliers
Attempting to change out split rings with a set of needle-nose pliers is extremely frustrating, time-consuming, and dangerous. One slip while trying to swap out treble hooks with the wrong tool and you’ll drive a treble bend deep into your hand. Not a scenario you want to find yourself in. With the Gamakatsu Micro Split Ring Pliers, you won’t have to. The perfect tool for swapping out trebles and adding split rings to line ties, these pliers also have an awesome cutting edge on them for snipping the toughest braid in a snap. And at $7.79, they’re a steal!
Fishing Tools | #2: Rapala Fisherman’s Pliers
All tools used in fishing seem to rust, eventually. It’s simply the nature of the beast with so much moisture around. You can pay $60 for a set of high-end needle nose pliers that will rust, or buy 10 pairs of the Rapala Fisherman’s Pliers for the same price. Easy call in our opinion considering the quality product you’re getting for the extremely affordable price tag. A solid tool with a firm grip, good cutter, and narrow tip for dislodging hooks and tinkering with tackle, the Rapala Fisherman’s Pliers are a solid buy.
Fishing Tools | #3: Rapala Super Line Scissors
Another great tool, especially for the price point, the Rapala Super Line Scissors are a compact tool to add to anyone’s arsenal. We’re always looking for our scissors as anglers and sometimes when we finally find them they’re not in the best condition. Coming in at only $3.99, you can again pick up a few pairs if you’d like and have them stowed in multiple places instead of dropping $15 on a higher-end pair. And there’s no line in the realm of bass fishing these scissors can’t snip.
Fishing Tools | #4: Rapala Tool Holder Combo
Though we can understand how it would start to appear as though this article is sponsored by Rapala, we assure you it is not. These are just solid tools that we’ve had good luck with and this combo brings something new to the game in addition to the Fisherman’s Pliers and Line Scissors we already talked about. Adding a set of side cutters for biting through hooks and wires or opening up hook eyes, this combo comes with a tool for nearly anything you’ll need to do while fishing. And the magnetic tool holder rounds the whole set up into one convenient location.
Fishing Tools | #5: VMC Crossover Pliers
Here’s a tool that we haven’t had a chance to try yet but is worth noting as something unique. A new spin on the wacky rig tool, the VMC Crossover Pliers allow you to add an o-ring to your favorite worm without having to roll it up to your bait as you do with some other wacky tools which can cause light spots on the bait where the o-ring scuffs up the plastic. The o-rings that come with the Crossover Pliers are flat instead of round and have a hook hole so that you’ll lose fewer baits on the cast and the fight. A cool tool we’re looking forward to getting our hands-on.