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7 Must Have Fishing Tools

7 Must Have Fishing Tools
Tom Redington

If you’re stocking a tackle box for a day of fishing, don’t forget you might need more than just tackle. To make the day go easier, you’ll want a few extra tools and goodies. Here’s what else I like to bring along. 

1. Needle-nose pliers: These long pliers are great for getting hooks out of fish. They can also be used to straighten bent hooks. Most have a cutter on the side that will do a decent job of cutting fishing line. It’s a must-have tool anytime I go fishing. 

2. Hemostats: This is a medical device that can be purchased cheaply online. For small fish such as crappie, bluegills and trout, hemostats will reach a hook that is down deep, clamp on tightly and easily remove it. 

3. Side Cutters: These specialty pliers are inexpensive but do a number of tasks. They will easily cut any fishing line, so they double as scissors. However, unlike scissors, side cutters are designed to cut light wire, making them able to clip off hooks. If a hook gets snagged in a shoelace or a jacket, side cutters will easily snip the hook for quick removal. And in the case of a mishap where a hook gets in a person, side cutters can cut the hook from the lure. 

4. Super Glue and electrical tape: Though it’s really two tools in one, Super Glue and electrical tape are perfect for making minor repairs to lures, reels or a guide on a rod that keeps popping out. They’ll save the day until you can get a real fix or replace your broken equipment. I also really love Super Glue for keeping soft-plastic lures in place instead of them constantly sliding down the hook. 

5. Scales or ruler: The best way to remember your catch is a photo or video. But a fishing ruler or scale is a great tool to document catches and create personal records to strive to break on the next fishing trip. 

6. Sunglasses: Glare on the water is hard on the eyes. Sunglasses protect your vision and keep out the wind and bugs while driving a boat. Even better, polarized fishing sunglasses allow you to see much deeper into the water to reveal fish-holding spots that you wouldn’t otherwise see. I never leave home to fish without my Costa Sunglasses. 

7. Sunscreen: As a fishing guide for more than a decade, I’ve seen more great fishing trips ruined by sunburns than all other reasons combined. Bring the sunblock, and apply it early. You’ll be glad you did. 

 

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