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Using fishing pliers

January 13th 2013 23:53
Sometimes you just can't remove the hook from a fish's mouth and you need a little help. In times like these, a pair of needle nose pliers come in real handy to give you a little added leverage.

fishing pliers
Pliers like this may be just the thing you need to remove a stubborn hook!

Needle nose pliers usually have some teeth on the jaws to help grip the hook. If you get something made especially for fishing, the handles often have a slip resistant surface.

Another trick is to use your pliers to crush the barbs on hooks before you use them. Granted, you can buy barbless hooks but they're often hard to find and usually cost more than regular hooks so I'm pretty big on buying an average fish hook and removing the barbs. Doing so is especially important if you practice catch and release because it's a lot easier to remove a hook with no barbs. OR--if you happen to catch a hook in your clothing, you'll be grateful there are no barbs to contend with.

While you can get a pair of needle nose pliers from the hardware store, you can get some that are specially made for fishing. The thing I like best about regular fishing pliers is that they have a spring that keeps the jaws open and all you have to do is squeeze the handles to close them. Often times they're crafted from stainless steel to resist rust and the handles are slip-resistant.

These things come in real handy!
You can also use a multi-tool--one of those handy gizmos that have about a dozen tools within their blades. Many have small pliers that may work just fine. They seldom have the springs to keep the jaws open but the other tools often make up for that deficiency.

Remember to take the hooks outta yer pocket before ya sit down!
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