Accurate Fishing Pliers

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Accurate Fishing Pliers

Accurate Fishing Pliers – When you go fishing, fishing pliers are an important tool to have. They can take a hook off, cut a line, or even cut a hook’s shank.

A good pair of fishing pliers is made of high-quality materials that will last for years of hard use. Yet, different pliers have different features. You should look for a pair that won’t rust if you want to use them in saltwater as well.


Accurate Fishing Pliers: Preface

As with the floats, there are also many different fishing pliers. Most pliers also have multiple functions. Such a plier is very useful if the hook cannot be removed by hand. Such as when the hook is too deep or when dredging. If the fish continues to flounder and is difficult to “handle” you may well get the dredge in your hands. You prefer not to have that and that is precisely why working with a plier is necessary.

Do not try to forcefully pry a hook or a treble hook, otherwise, you will damage the fish! In such a case, it is better to cut the ends and leave the rest in the fish. That may seem strange, but the fish will not be damaged and the remaining parts will “swell out” on their own. If this occurs you should use a cutting plier instead of a regular fish plier. This gadget is also useful for cutting wires made of braided lines or nylon! Even the steel wire used in most rigs can be cut with this.

Various Fishing Pliers

Many fishermen therefore also have several fishing pliers in their fishing boxes. The simplest and cheaper ones are the so-called “vein pliers” and only have a clamping function. The more expensive pliers will then have an extra cutting function and handle to have a better grip when manipulating. And then there are the variants with a straight nose or with a curved nose. So it is advisable to buy different pliers for all kinds of unforeseen situations.

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Straight Nose Fishing Plier
Curved Nose Fishing Plier
Curved Nose Fishing Plier

Types of Fishing Pliers

nippers for fishing (wire cutters)

This type of fishing plier is mainly used when fishing with a treble hook (three hooks together) such as when fishing for pike or other predatory fish. Sometimes cutting the split ring is also possible. In addition to the cutting pliers, you also need your unhooking pliers or needle-nose pliers. This way you will certainly not damage the fish.


You can also find such pliers in the hardware store, but they are not suitable for fishing. The fishing pliers are made of stainless steel as they can get wet. They also have long handles to go deep into a pike’s mouth, for example. The leverage effect is also optimal with these longer handles. It is therefore easier to cut the dredge. The pliers from the hardware store are only short in length.

Fisherman Wire Cutter
Fisherman Wire Cutter

Crimping Fishing Pliers

This plier is useful when the angler wants to make his own connections on the fishing line. Especially since those nodes are still a weak point. To optimize your line, it is, therefore, useful to connect the line with a crimp. You can choose between a single version or a double version of this plier.


With a single crimp, you have to pass the line through the opening twice and therefore you have to make sure that the diameter of the crimp is double the diameter of the line. The double version actually has two single crimps. The diameter of the plier should now be 0.1 or 0.2 mm larger than that of the fishing line. When purchasing, you must therefore verify whether the diameter corresponds to the diameter of your crimps. Usually, four different sizes are offered per plier.

Crimping Plier
Crimping Plier

Split Ring Fishing Pliers

Over time, your hooks may have become dull or corroded and need to be replaced. To connect a new hook or dredge to the lure, you need this plier. Sometimes it is necessary to open the split ring to use a new hook or treble hook. This is quite difficult manually (watch out for your fingernails) and it is recommended to use such a split ring plier.

Split Ring Plier
Split Ring Plier

Unhooking Fishing Pliers

In sport fishing, it is necessary to be able to unhook the fish properly. This must be done very accurately so as not to hurt the fish. Although most of the pliers that I have described above also have this unhooking function, there are still more specialized unhooking pliers on the market. In fact, these pliers are only designed to unhook the fish. It can also be helpful to have both a short and a long unhooking plier in your fishing box. Here too these pliers consist of straight and curved versions. Depending on how the hook is stuck in the fish, you can then choose which one to use.

In this section, you also have the so-called pistol-grip unhooking pliers. The pistol grip plier is basically a straight unhooking plier that you can squeeze shut. This is useful if the hook is stuck deep in the fish. Here too, needle nose pliers from the hardware store are not the same as an unhooking plier in sport fishing. The latter is again made of stainless steel, while those from the hardware store would soon rust on the waterfront.

Pistol Grip
Pistol Grip Plier

Something different: fishing hooks

Now I will tell you something about one thing that is indispensable for fishing, namely the fishing hook. Again, the following applies different models, shapes, and countless sizes. This can be quite difficult for a fisherman just starting. But even for an experienced angler, it is also important to find the right hook. When ordering from an online shop, the customer cannot see whether a particular hook is a correct size. It’s sort of a gamble. Here I will shed some light as best I can.

Especially the shape of the hook is important and says a lot about what one can use that specific fishing hook. You should pay attention to the following:

  • the assembly (eye or bled)
  • the hook shank
  • the hook bend
  • the point of the hook
  • the size

The Assembly

A hook with a bled is used for lighter work such as white fishing. A hook with an eye is then used for fishing larger types of fish. It makes sense that a lighter line is used on the hooks with a bled because a heavier line is difficult to tie. A hook with an eye, therefore, requires a heavier line because greater forces are exerted anyway. That is why you will usually find the pre-made lines with a bled in a store. An eye is only used for the heavy fish hook lengths.

Hook with Bled
Fishing Hook with Bled
Hook With Eye
Fishing Hook With Eye

The Hook Shank

Normally the hook should be chosen as small as possible (but adapted to the type of fish, of course). This is least noticeable to the fish. With a small size of a fishing hook, the hook handle is longer because otherwise unhooking is more difficult. With larger hooks, the hook shank should not be that long. At the same time, the hook handle is also used to push an earthworm, for example. With the fishing hooks for sea fishing, the hook shafts are longer to slide lugworms on them. This type of hook shank features micro barbs to keep the bait in place.

Micro Barbs
Fishing Hook with Micro Barbs

The Bend of the Hook

Either a hook with a sharp bend or else a hook with a smooth bend is used. There are also many terms used in connection with the bend of the hooks, such as Round Bend, Perfect Bend, Wide Gape, … These names refer to the hook shape. If you use fragile bait it is recommended to use a smooth fishing hook because at a sharp turn it is more difficult to use this bait: the bait can break, a maggot will empty faster, etc … The hooks with a smooth bend are most commonly used in coarse fishing where live bait such as earthworms, maggots, and casters are used.

The Point of the Hook

A fishing hook can have a straight point or one that is bent inward. The one with a curved tip stays in place more easily. Usually, the hook is also provided with a barb so that it cannot come loose. Fishing without barbs is also done, but that is much more difficult because the line must then be constantly under tension. The only advantage is that much less damage is done to the caught fish this way.

As in the illustration above, you also have micro-barbed fishing hooks. The point of the hook can also be turned in relation to the shank and is then called an offset hook. And of course, the point of the hook has to be razor-sharp. To see if this is the case, there is a little trick: place the tip of the hook on your fingernail and see if it leaves any scratches when pulling away over the nail. If no scratches appear, the fishing hook has become too blunt.

Offset Fishing Hook
Offset Fishing Hook

The Size

Most important, however, is to choose the correct size of the hook. The size is determined by the distance between the hook shank and the hook point. The classification of the fish hook sizes is quite special. The bigger the size, the smaller the fishing hook. Currently, there are hooks with sizes between 32 and 1. So “1” is the largest. In practice, a hook is almost never used above size 20; they are way too small.

In addition to this series of hooks, even larger sizes start from size 1 (the largest), which are indicated with / 0 “behind it. So after” 1 “comes” 0/1 “and thus increasing to” 12/0 “. 32 is the smallest and fishing hook 12/0 the largest. All these sizes are of course an indication and one angler will use different sizes than the other angler. Below I list the most used hooks and the category in which they are used. (Again only an indication)

Hook Sizes
Different Fishing Hook Sizes

The most suitable fishing hooks for the following types

  • Barbel hooks: sizes 6 to 8
  • Bream hooks: sizes 6 to 10
  • Carp hooks: sizes 4 to 8
  • Catfish hooks: 2/0 to 6/0
  • Flatfish hooks: 1 to 8
  • Garfish hooks: 4 to 8
  • Mackerel hooks: 2 to 1/0
  • Perch hooks: 4 to 8
  • Pike hooks: sizes 4 to 2/0
  • Roach hooks: sizes 12 to 20
  • Sea bass, haddock hooks: 1 to 3/0
  • Trout hooks: 6 to 12
  • Zander hooks: 2 to 6

!!! Important !!! : As I mentioned before when ordering fish hooks online, make sure you choose the correct size because the images that are shown are not as they actually look. This is due to the technology of the different screens.

Interesting link in connection with the oldest fishing hooks.


With this little bit of information about pliers and fishing hooks, I hope to have clarified a bit. So: if you want to catch a very big fish take a hook 12/0 and for mini fish use hook 32. And go fishing …

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