While some crews look for the fanciest, most expensive/prestigious tools to carry on their belts, there’s something to be said for picking a tool for its functionality rather than its appearance. Sometimes choosing the pretty girl ends up causing you a lot of pain and heartbreak in the end. That’s why we were enamored with LMR Custom Rods & Tackle’s pliers and bait-knife combo. While they may not be made from anodized aircraft aluminum, you won’t find anyone arguing with the durability and reliability that’s built into the Manley pliers sold with this combo. Manley Fisherman’s Super Pliers come equipped with the useful side cutter — a must for any offshore crewman — and slip-resistant vinyl-covered handles. The high-quality leather case is designed to hold both your side-cutting pliers and a Victorinox bait knife so that they’ll be by your side at all times. The case also features a stainless-steel clip that attaches to your belt or right onto your shorts or pants. To get your pliers/bait-knife combo from LMR Tackle, visit lmrtackle.com. Or take a trip with Marlin University this year — they’re handing the combo out to each student who attends.