Updated September 25, 2019 by Sam Kraft

The 10 Best Fishing Pliers

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This wiki has been updated 15 times since it was first published in February of 2017. A sturdy pole and an attractive lure aren't the only tools the well-prepared angler ought to have on hand when setting out to catch a stringer full of fish. A quality pair of 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 saltwater, one of these options will be ideal for the job. When users buy our independently chosen editorial selections, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki. If you'd like to contribute your own research to the Wiki, please get started by reviewing this introductory video.

1. Kastking Cutthroat

2. T-Reign 0TFS-1211

3. Cuda 18112

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.

4. Booms Fishing X1

5. Bubba Blade BB1-FP

6. Shimano Brutas

7. Madbite Kastking

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8. Cuda 18848

9. South Bend SBLN8BNP

10. Wolfyok Aluminum


Sam Kraft
Last updated on September 25, 2019 by Sam Kraft

In addition to his corporate career as a marketing and communications professional in Chicago, Sam runs a popular blog that focuses on the city’s flourishing craft beer and brewery scene. He received his degree in journalism from DePaul University (which spurred his interest in freelance writing) and has since spent years developing expertise in copywriting, digital marketing and public relations. A lifetime of fishing, hiking and camping trips has left him well-versed in just about any outdoors-related topic, and over several years spent working in the trades during his youth, he accumulated a wealth of knowledge about tools and machinery. He’s a travel junkie, a health and fitness enthusiast, and an avid biker.


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