It can be difficult removing fish hooks from fish. A handy tool I never go fishing without is a set of bent nose pliers. It makes removing fish hooks really easy.
They are brilliant for removing fish hooks out of fish. Especially in throat hooked fish when the fish hooks are deeply embedded.
I find the bent nose enables me to see what I’m doing, and with a quick twist the hook is free.
Now there may be some fan dangled new devices on the market nowadays, however these pliers do the job for me and it’s one of those presents I sometimes find myself getting on fathers day.
Mainly because they do rust so you’ll need to look after them.
Additional advantages is that they usually have crimping ability for your leaders and eyelet openers in case you want to gang your hooks.
Removing fish hooks from fish can be dangerous, so these bent nose pliers are a must for every tackle box.
As a hook removing tool they are also large and robust, and keep fingers well away from teeth in critters like mackerel and dog tooth tuna.
Here’s a quick video I put together about how to use them.
This particular day we definitely used them for removing fish hooks, catching 40 odd coral trout.
We have explained the methods used in a previous blog post called: Catch and Cook coral trout.
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