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No matter whether you’re a beginner or a pro, there are certain fishing tools that make your fishing easier and more enjoyable. You will need a rod & reel or hand line of course, but a handful of the best fishing tools help you get on the water quicker and catch more fish.
The trouble is there are simply so many gadgets aimed at fishing. How do you know which ones you really need?
Well, we've talked to our team of fishing experts to find out which five fishing tools they can't live without. And we're sharing that list with you here. Read on to find out which fishing tools you need to make sure are in your tackle box today.
When putting your must-have fishing tools list together, no self-respecting person should go without a good pair of pliers. There is almost never a day on the water when you won't need a pair of pliers for something.
Choose aluminium over steel. Your pliers are going to get wet often. You don't want them to rust.
Pick a pair of pliers that have steel cutters built-in. It's an extra cutting option. They work well, especially, on hooks or line leaders.
Long-nosed pliers are best. They give you more dexterity. They help you get to hard-to-reach spots.
Your pliers are going to come in handy for things like removing hooks from fish and bending or cutting hooks. You may even need them in an emergency if you hook yourself or you need to repair something on your boat.
Pliers are also great if you use split shot. Squeezing the shot tight or opening them again to remove them from your line is made so much easier with a good pair of pliers.
2. Hook Threader
Magnifeye ™ Hook Threader has built in magnets to hold your hook in place whilst you thread your line easily through one of the guides on the reverse side. It's so quick & easy, especially for those with poor or failing eyesight & disabilities. No more glasses needed to thread that line.
3. Hook Remover
Once you have caught a fish, removing the hook can be tedious and dangerous. We understand you want to prevent injury to yourself and avoid handling or harming the fish. If you intend to release your fish, it is important to gently de-hook before letting go.
The Frichy aluminum spring loaded hook removing tool means pricks, bites and fumbling around trying to remove even the toughest to reach fishing hooks is a thing of the past. The comfortable ergonomic T-Shape design features a comfortable spring-loaded handle making it perfect for people who have trouble using their hands, especially in the cold and wet conditions we often face when fishing.
4. Weights + Hooks
Hooks can be used with worms, minnows, prepared baits or plastic baits (Lure’s). They come in a variety of styles, sizes and colors. A good selection of hooks that will hold a variety of baits is an important component for a tackle box.
Hook size is indicated by a number, with larger numbers indicating smaller hooks. For instance, a size 2 hook is larger than a size 10 hook (think of how many times you can fit the hook gap into an inch). Very large hooks are sized differently, such as 1/0, 2/0 and 3/0. With this designation, larger numbers indicate larger hooks.
Use smaller hooks (sizes 6-10) when fishing for small species such and bluegill and crappie. Larger hooks can be used to fish for larger species such as walleye and pike.
Treble hooks have three points, and often are used with prepared baits such as dough balls or marshmallows. Hooks also come in different shapes. Many have straight shanks, but some are bent to help hold bait, or prevent fish from swallowing the hook.
Barbless hooks are designed for easy removal from fish. Any hook can be made barbless by pinching the barb down with a pliers. When around children, consider using barbless hooks for the ease of removal from people.
Often the weight of the hook and bait alone is not heavy enough to cast the line or hold the bait under water. Weights are pieces of metal that provide extra weight. It is good to have a variety of weights types in your tackle box.
The most common type for beginning anglers is split shot. These small, round sinkers literally are split in the middle so they can be crimped onto line with pliers. Opposite the split are wings. The pliers can pinch these to remove the split shot.
5. Knot-Tying Tool
One of the trickiest parts of fishing is tying knots. This is especially true if you've got big hands or you're night quite as dexterous as you used to be.
A knot-tying tool like the Hook-Eze is a must-have for every person who likes to fish. Hook-Eze offers two sizes of knot-tying tool. The standard works on every size hook, all the way up to a 4/0. The larger version is best on hooks from 1/0 to 10/0.
The Hook-Eze can handle a variety of different types of knots. No matter your preferred knot or which one is recommended for the bait and tackle you're using, this handy tool will give you a perfect knot every time.
Just like all the other tools on our list, the Hook-Eze is designed to make your life easier when out fishing. There's no need to fumble, trying to get the knot set just right.
Grab Your Fishing Tools and Catch More Fish!
With this list of five of the best (and most useful) fishing tools, you're going to enjoy your fishing experience even more. Each tool we've highlighted here is designed to make things easier.
Pull the hook from the fish with your Hook remover or cut the line just right with your pliers. Weigh up your monster fish after you've tied the perfect knot with your Hook-Eze. Whatever you do, don't forget to pack your five trusty tools in your tackle box before you head out!
To learn more about the Hook-Eze, get in touch with us today. We've got a team of experts who know their fishing ready to give you the advice you need. Talk with one of our team to find out how Hook-Eze works and which one will suit you best.