Essential Cockpit Offshore Fishing Tools

Having the right tools on hand is critical to offshore fishing success

When pursuing trophy game fish, having the right tools is critical to success. Be sure you’re prepared for your next trip offshore with these cockpit essentials.

Donnmar Checkpoint CP880 Pliers

Essential Cockpit Offshore Fishing Tools
Checkpoint CP880 PliersZach Stovall

The Donnmar Checkpoint CP880 Pliers have replaceable tungsten-carbide cutters that will handle up to 450-pound-test mono and 180-pound-test wire or braid. They are also made in the United States.

Penn Parallel Pliers

Essential Cockpit Offshore Fishing Tools
Parallel PliersZach Stovall

Thanks to their parallel design, the Penn Parallel Pliers maintain even pressure along the jaws, while the stainless-steel body with black-nickel titanium coating provides excellent corrosion resistance.

Rapala Salt Angler's Pliers

Essential Cockpit Offshore Fishing Tools
Salt Angler’s PliersZach Stovall

Rapala Salt Angler's Pliers are made of carbon steel with a nickel-plated finish, and are available in 61/2-inch, 81/2-inch and 11-inch models.

Caza Offshore Low Pro Billfish Release Knife

Essential Cockpit Offshore Fishing Tools
Low Pro Billfish Release KnifeZach Stovall

The Low Pro Billfish Release Knife from Caza Offshore slips easily into a pocket and can also be secured to a tag stick to quickly cut even the heaviest mono leaders. The blade is stainless steel for rust resistance.

Yeti LoadOut

Essential Cockpit Offshore Fishing Tools
LoadOutZach Stovall

Yeti's LoadOut is the Cadillac of five-gallon buckets, with some great cockpit-friendly features like a nonslip base ring that won't mar teak decks.

Manley Stainless-Steel Monofilament Nipper

Essential Cockpit Offshore Fishing Tools
Stainless-Steel Monofilament NipperZach Stovall

Originally developed for the commercial longline fishery, the Manley Stainless-Steel Monofilament Nipper is a mate's best friend. It will cleanly cut heavy mono while still slicing the lightest of braids.

Cuda 7.25-inch Titanium Alloy Pliers

Essential Cockpit Offshore Fishing Tools
7.25-inch Titanium Alloy PliersZach Stovall

Cuda's 7.25-inch Titanium Alloy Pliers have a high-leverage compound action with integrated tungsten-carbide cutters. A hand-crafted leather sheath and lanyard are included, and they carry a lifetime warranty against corrosion.

R&R Tackle's Medium Dehooker

Essential Cockpit Offshore Fishing Tools
Medium DehookerZach Stovall

Using a bait dehooker will greatly improve the survivability of your live bait. R&R Tackle's Medium Dehooker has an optimal design, a wood handle, and it floats.

Hatch Knot Tension Tool

Essential Cockpit Offshore Fishing Tools
Knot Tension ToolZach Stovall

The Hatch Knot Tension Tool is the ultimate fishing accessory. Use it to cinch down a knot, open a gas cap or beer bottle, and more.

Gerber Center-Drive Multitool

Essential Cockpit Offshore Fishing Tools
Center-Drive MultitoolZach Stovall

The Center-Drive Multitool from Gerber utilizes an innovative design that aligns the full-size driver for maximum torque. It also features a larger knife blade and one-thumb opening jaws.