Having the right tools on hand is critical to offshore fishing success
October 24, 2017
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
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
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
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.
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'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
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'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
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
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.