The Best Fishing Pliers in My Tackle Box

There is nothing quite like fishing for a relaxing day, assuming, of course that it isn’t marlin you’re after. When I’m fishing, I like to have the right equipment on hand.

Fishing pliers are a multi-purpose tool which must be present in every tackle box. They do not serve one specific purpose like pretty much everything else you find an angler carrying, but even so, there is massive convenience, keeping one of these bad boys handy.

Since fishing pliers have uses for some really heavy duty jobs like de-hooking a catch, bending wires etc. it is very important for them to be resilient. It is likely you’ll only buy cheap pliers once, as I did, before you realize there is no substitute for quality.

Because of this, it is beneficial to only keep the best pliers available. Here is a carefully compiled a list constituting the best fishing pliers on the market. When shopping for these tools, you’ll have a better idea of what to look for.

Material Used:

When looking for the perfect pair of pliers, one important thing to look for is the material. Other than good stainless steel and aluminum, pretty much all other materials tend to rust and lock tightly, which renders them unusable. Aluminum based pliers are usually very lightweight, so if you are planning for some heavy work, stainless steel is clearly the better of the two.


The length of the nose needed depends on the fish species and the kind of work you want the pliers to do. Other than that, the jaws must be able to function well as line cutters and side cutters. Try to make sure that you don’t have to snap the pliers shut, again and again, to get your cutting purposes fulfilled.

Ergonomic Stability:

The best kinds of fishing pliers are always ergonomically sound. This means you can use them for any length of time without damaging your hands. The grip should be easy and safe and you shouldn’t have to keep shifting position to make them settle well in your hands. Simply speaking, the pliers should be easy to use and must not hurt your hands.


There are many pieces of equipment which are crucial for a fishing trip, as a hobbyist or professional. Although fishing pliers are among those important pieces of equipment, they are a long way from the most important. So that means there is no reason to spend an obscene amount of money on a pliers when there are perfectly good ones available at a reasonable price, and there is more crucial equipment to consider.


Lastly, when you test pliers before purchasing, make sure they are completely stable and will last a while. Don’t invest in a cheap item if you feel it’ll wear out, bend or break easily. In this case, it is better to pay for a more durable tool instead.