Updated September 25, 2019 by Rafael Perez

The 10 Best Fishing Pliers

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This wiki has been updated 13 times since it was first published in February of 2017. A good pole and lure aren't the only tools the well-prepared angler ought to have on hand when setting out to catch the next big bass. A quality pair of fishing pliers can save you a whole lot of trouble and grief once your prize is caught and ready to be unhooked. Whether you need a model suitable for fresh or salt water, one of these options will be ideal for the job. When users buy our independently chosen editorial recommendations, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki. Skip to the best fishing plier on Amazon.

10. Wolfyok Aluminum

9. South Bend SBLN8BNP

8. Cuda 18848

7. Madbite Kastking

6. Shimano Brutas

5. Bubba Blade BB1-FP

4. Booms Fishing X1

3. Cuda 18112

2. T-Reign 0TFS-1211

1. Kastking Cutthroat

Editor's Notes

September 10, 2019:

Removed the Suaoki Stainless Steel, the Piscifun Braid Cutter, and the Buck Knives Splizzors because of availability issues. Added the Wolfyok Aluminum, the Cuda 18112, and the Kastking Cutthroat.

The Cutthroat are all-around great fishing pliers that will work well for both freshwater and saltwater anglers. A common issue with some specialty fishing pliers that work in saltwater is that either they are made from steel for toughness and ultimately rust, or that they are made of aluminum for rust resistance and ultimately bend. The Cutthroat is made of steel but the Teflon prevents it from rusting. The Cuda is a very affordable and well-built set. I like it because, personally, I prefer it when my fishing pliers have the wire cutter built into the jaws as opposed to having some cutter heads affixed to the side. They tend to be tougher and last longer.


Rafael Perez
Last updated on September 25, 2019 by Rafael Perez

Rafael Perez is a doctoral candidate in philosophy at the University of Rochester. His primary focus is the metaphysics of time and the philosophy of mind, with a particular interest in artificial intelligence and antirepresentational models of the mind. He has extensive experience as a mechanic, a construction worker, and a general repairman. This has allowed him to gather a wealth of knowledge on automobile repair, auto parts, carpentry, masonry, welding, and the tools used in those trades. In his spare time, he enjoys playing guitar, woodworking, and fishing.


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