Fishing pliers are a staple of every angler's tackle box. Needle-nosed pliers can reach down into the mouth of a fish and grab hold of a hook safely. Some of these pliers lock once they have secured a hook.
Hook sharpeners that can fit in a pocket come in handy when dulled hooks require sharpening. Some versions contain a vise on one end and the removable sharpening file on the other.
Hook removal tools that have a long handle to reach deep into the mouth of the fish come in various lengths. Usually made of stainless steel, these tools possess a "pistol grip," which operates the grabbing end, allowing the angler to secure a hook.
Scales and lip grips
Digital scales allow a person to weigh their catch in a safe and accurate manner. The higher-end models are battery operated and digital but there are spring-loaded scales as well.
Tape measures to give the angler the correct length of a fish are a common tool that many depend on when they have caught a large fish.
Lip grip tools for toothy fish such as pike and muskellunge let the angler land their prize without ever exposing their fingers to the mouth of the fish. The angler reaches down with the tool when the fish is close enough and the jaws of the tool grab hold of the fish by its lip. There are built-in scales and tape measures in some of these lip-grip tools.
Ice fishing tools
Ice fishermen will have some tools that warm weather anglers do not normally carry. One such tool is a large ladle that they use to remove ice chips from the holes they drill in the ice. Another is the auger that actually drills the hole. Power augers that run on gas or electricity as well as hand augers powered by manual labor are necessary to cut holes through the ice. Some people will use long spud bar with a sharp chisel on the end to chop holes in the ice.
Anglers that find they have to cut a hook or a wire leader use heavy-duty wire and hook cutters. Jaw spreaders will safely open the mouth of a fish and let the individual get a good look at a hook so he can remove it.
People who frequently change their fishing lines on their reels purchase line spooling tools. These are portable, and quickly and efficiently spool new line onto a reel.
Filleting knives often come in sets with different sized blades for different sized species. Non-slip handles and stainless steel blades are often features of these tools.
Line clippers that cut fishing line--especially useful in trimming down knots tied to tackle--are among the fishing tools an angler will often employ. Screwdrivers and tools with many accessories find a variety of callings while someone is fishing. These multi-tools function as pliers, knives, screwdrivers and files.