Best thing I’ve found for unhooking fish


The curved end of these nickel-plated carbon steel Rapala pliers give you incredible leverage when you’re removing tough-to-reach hooks. Of course I use them while bass fishing, but I’ve found these pliers especially effective when unhooking fish with smaller mouths such as hybrids, stripers, crappie and bluegill.

I’ll simply grab the bend of the hook, twist and the hook is out. I very rarely have bleeding fish in my boat since I’ve started using these pliers. I guide for striped bass a good bit during summer weekends and things get hectic very quickly. I’ll have three clients hooked up and two stripes in the net at the same time. I don’t have time to mess around with unhooking fish. These particular pliers make me much more efficient as a fishing guide. I even keep a few spares in the boat in case my co-angler needs help with a deep-hooked fish.