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Blacktip Fishing Pliers Review

I just got back from a quick fishing excursion to the Bahamas aboard the Sea Wrangler 2, with Capt. Joe Palermo out of Port Canaveral, Florida, my home base. We ran 180 miles to Spanish Cay in the Abaco Chain of the Bahamas and set up camp for three days of die-hard fishing.

I have to say it is fishing paradise!

We spent several days exploring the many fishing options, including trolling, jigging and deep-dropping. The deep-drop was the most productive and we caught a variety of snapper and grouper.

The reefs and drop-offs are all within a mile from the island and you can be grouper jigging in 100 feet and then deep-dropping in 1200 feet a hundred yards apart. While your doing that, you are watching frigate birds work in the deep blue water just offshore of you. Because the many different types of fishing are in close proximity to each other, we do lots of switching back and forth between tactics. This gave me ample opportunity to put my new Blacktip pliers through the paces.

I was pleasantly surprised at how well the cutters work for braided lines, which can often be a struggle to cut cleanly.

These seven and a half inch pliers also have a separate cutter for wire leader so that you don’t dull your primary cutting blades. If you do dull them with lots of use, both sets of cutting blades are easily replaceable. The pliers are machined from aircraft aluminum and are feather light and comfortable to hold.

The Blacktip pliers come with a sturdy, but lightweight nylon sheath that has a Velcro flap for holding the pliers securely in the case. This option is nice, but I was appreciative of the fact that you can tuck the Velcro flap down and use the sheath without it when we were actively rigging. I also consider it mandatory that the sheath be closed at the bottom to prevent the plier tips from scratching the boat as I move around or lean against painted surfaces. The sheath has a belt loop on the back and was very light and comfortable to wear.

A coiled lanyard provides back up in case you drop them due to fish-slimed hands. This not only prevents you from loosing them overboard, but protects the boat finishes and teak from falling metal objects.

I would willing say that these fishing pliers are well thought out and built to perform the many uses I have for a pair of fishing pliers.

An added bonus is the very reasonable price from West Marine, which makes recommending them a no brainer. Blacktip products are from West Marine and can be found in stores and online.

Capt. Scott Goodwin
Capt. Scott Goodwin started fishing in the lakes of Kentucky where he grew up. A move to Florida, however, brought him into a whole new realm of fishi...