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What is a all in one good purpose length for bass pliers. I’m looking at three sizes 6inches 7.5 inches and 8inches.

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7 1/2" needle nose with side cutter.

Tom 

PS, after looking at Catts reply I measured my pliers and it was 7 1/2" not 6"

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I have the Cuda 9” pistol grip “titanium coated” stainless steel pliers.  Had them for one full season, and love them.   No signs of rust or corrosion so far.  Great feel and angles/distance to deal with any toothy critters.  Fairly expensive, but I use my pliers almost every time I go out, especially when using treble hook baits.

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I have some aluminum H2O pliers with titanium side cutters from Academy, I believe they're 7" pliers. They've been really nice and I really like that they don't get hot when the sun is beating down on them like I thought they might. The cutters cut any kind of line with ease too. My only complaint is the tip of the pliers isn't overly thin, so it can be difficult to remove the hook from a smaller fish if it's deeply hooked. 

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I have the downward angled Rapala 6” I think. 

 

I like the angle a lot. Relieves stress on the wrist when removing hooks. 

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I keep a pair of 2" needlenose in my pocket and a pair of 8" hemostats in my backpack. I walk the banks, so that is the lowest weight, smallest space option I could come up with. I can't recommend those tiny needlenose enough, they are awesome. Not easy to find though.

 

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I’m probably the only person that uses such small needlenose, but I tell ya, there’s something about them that makes them perfect. For one, when you have a fish in one hand and your rod in the other, it’s nice to be able to reach in your pocket rather than dig around for them. Longer needlenose sometimes tend to have weak pressure at the tip. These are so short, that’s not a problem. Being able to get your hand right next to the hook instead of several inches away makes a big difference too. The only thing they aren’t good for is getting down the throat on smaller fish, so that’s why I have the hemostats, but it’s very rare that I need them. 99% of the time I need pliers, it’s because I’m hooked into the tough part of the mouth, not because it’s down their throat.

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I used to lose needle nose pliers in my boat, they were never where I wanted them to be when I wanted them.  Solved. the problem by having half a dozen pairs.  Most of them are the 6" to 8" size.  Before I launch the boat, I get the pliers strewn around the boat - couple of pairs up front, pair on the console, pair on the back deck, pair on top of the junk bin so at least I know where to start looking when I need them.  My favorite pair, an 11" stainless steel model, completely broke in, with a very narrow tip, is currently on vacation.   It is lurking somewhere in my fishing shed, underneath something, waiting to be discovered again.  

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Channellock 317 7-1/2-Inch Long Nose Plier with Side Cutter

 

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5 minutes ago, Catt said:

Channellock 317 7-1/2-Inch Long Nose Plier with Side Cutter

 

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I agree Catt. Channelocks are great tools. I have some that my dad owned from at least 50yrs ago. Still workin

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I loose or rust out pliers on a regular basis, I have around 6 of the Wally World $1.97 ones in the house at any given time. I think they are 5" or 6", but I've never measured them. On the bike stand, I use the Channel Lock needle nose and dykes. They are precision made and hold up better than most. Oh, and the Pedro's cable cutters is way better than the Park ones.

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6” husky needle nose with side cutter from Home Depot in the back pocket. Work great and don’t care if I loose them. They cut braid better then the braid cutters I’ve tried. I mostly use my knife to cut tag ends though. 

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I keep 2 pairs of pliers in my boat at all times.

 

Klein's D2000-9NE Lineman's Pliers, 9-Inch

 

Channellock 317 7-1/2-Inch Long Nose Pliers with Side Cutter

 

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9 minutes ago, Catt said:

I keep 2 pairs of pliers in my boat at all times.

 

Klein's D2000-9NE Lineman's Pliers, 9-Inch

 

Channellock 317 7-1/2-Inch Long Nose Pliers with Side Cutter

 

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Got the same 9 inch Kleins in my boat just for cutting hooks if I get a hook stuck in me.

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I have two sizes - 5" 'Electronics' needle nose for most of my de-hooking.

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Then for deep, gut-hooked fish, a pair of Irwin Vise-Grip 13.25" Compound long reach - lets me de-hook even a fair-sized northern that's swallowed the lure.

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1 hour ago, tander said:

Got the same 9 inch Kleins in my boat just for cutting hooks if I get a hook stuck in me.

 

Throw in a pair of Channellock®, a Crescent Wrench, duck tape, stainless steel wire, screwdrivers & I can fix anything!

 

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Just now, Catt said:

 

Throw in a pair of Channellock®, a Crescent Wrench, duck tape, stainless steel wire, screwdrivers & I can fix anything!

 

You forgot the hammer - or as an old friend of mine called it 'the carburetor adjuster'.

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8 hours ago, Catt said:

 

Throw in a pair of Channellock®, a Crescent Wrench, duck tape, stainless steel wire, screwdrivers & I can fix anything!

 

I know about "old school" shade tree stuff.

 

8 hours ago, MN Fisher said:

You forgot the hammer - or as an old friend of mine called it 'the carburetor adjuster'.

He didn't forget hammer, that what the end of the Crescent is for.

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9 hours ago, Catt said:

duck tape

Red neck chrome...

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10 hours ago, MN Fisher said:

You forgot the hammer - or as an old friend of mine called it 'the carburetor adjuster'.

 

1 hour ago, tander said:

He didn't forget hammer,

 

Y'all ever watch an electrician wire a house?

 

No. 9 Klien's 

 

Don't need no stinking hammer!  😉

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