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Fishing Pliers are one of the necessities in the tackle box of every saltwater fisherman.  There uses are many and the harsh realities of a saltwater environment will put your pliers to the test.  In reviewing Fishing Pliers we consider all of these to be factors to be evaluated

Price Point

Let's face it.  Everyone has a budget so our review is focused on those pliers which won't break the bank and will still give good performance.  Offshore fishing has it's own set of requirements and in those use cases it may make sense to go 'high end'.  However, for those focused on inshore fishing for most of NJ's popular game fish you really don't need to spend a ton of money for a good product.

Number of uses

In addition to being able to squeeze things, many tackle manufactures are including things like line cutters as part of the product.   Cutting braid, cutting mono, crimping, opening split rings, and removing hooks from fishes mouthes are all utilities you will want to get out your new pliers.

Ease of use

For pliers to be effective, they need to feel good in your hand and be easily operated.  This may seem like a no-brainer but should not be underestimated.  A nice shiny tool does no good if not used.  

Durability in Saltwater Use

There is a fundamental truth when fishing in a saltwater environment.  Your equipment will rust.  The quality of the equipment and how well you maintain it will determine how long before your stuff 'rusts' out.  


Manufacturer Booms Piscifun Zitrades MadBite Suaoki

X1 Aluminum





Price Point $ $$$$ $$ $$$ $$
Number of Uses ***** *** ***** ***** ****
Ease of Use *** ***** **** ***** ***
Durability *** ***** **** ***** ***
Thoughts Decent low end value Best but lacking some features Nice pliers but slippery Excellent value Good for small hands



X1 Aluminum

Price Point

These are on the lower end of our pricing scale.  They should be under $20.

 Number of Uses

Line cutter works well.  Able to cut braid and mono with equal adept.

Handles light crimping fine.  O-ring tip.

Not heavy enough for 'flipping' off heavier fish like bluefish.

 Ease of Use

Lack of a lock for the spring loaded jaws is a bit of a drawback.  


Made with aluminum frame and carbon coated stainless steel jaws to withstand saltwater environment.

The cutter is replaceable so that is a nice feature.

Will show rust if not rinsed and coated with wd40 or other after each trip.

Overall Thoughts

Decent pliers for the money.  

Tendency to rust if not well maintained and lack of lock for spring jaws are the main drawbacks.

Our Rating

3 thumbs up





Price Point

These fall into the upper end of our range price wise.  Still they can be had for well under $50.

Number of Uses

Cuts braid and mono well.    Does not have a split ring hook or a crimp channel.

Ease of Use

Rubber no slip handle for excellent had feel.  


Machine grade aluminum, stainless steel jaws, replaceable tungsen carbide cutters all help to make these pliers very durable.

Overall Thoughts

Very nice pliers for the money.  If you can live without the split ring nose and crimping channel then these are for you.

Our Rating

4 thumbs up




Price Point

These fall into the mid-level of our price zone.

Number of Uses

These pliers can perform all of the basic functions you  would expect.  An O ring tip and crimping channel is included in the design.

Ease of Use

Work quite well in de-hooking fish.  Tend to be a bit slippery and would benefit from a rubber handle.


Aluminum handle and stainless steel jaws with anodized coating ensure corrosion protection.  These pliers will last if maintained.

Overall Thoughts

Very good value for the money.  Only real drawback is the slippery nature of the pliers.  Make sure you have them tethered if working over the side of the boat with them.

Our Rating

4 thumbs up




Price Point

These pliers fall into the upper middle range of our reviewed pliers.

Number of Uses

These pliers can do it all.  Crimping, cutting, stripping, hook removal and working with split rings.

Ease of Use

Non-slip silicon grip and slightly longer frame make working with hook removals an easier task for sure.   Feel very good in your hand.

Locking ability provides capability to keep pliers closed even with spring loaded frame.  This is something missing in some competive products.


Super tough aerospace grade aluminum alloy handle , stainless steel jaws, tungsten carbide cutters and the building blocks of a nice pair of pliers.

Overall Thoughts

Very nice pliers for the money.  Only downside seems to be that the screws holding the line cutter tend to come loose often. Our favorites.

Our Rating

5 thumps up




Price Point

On the low end of our considered price scale.  You should not pay more than $2o for these.

Number of Uses

These pliers handle all of the standard uses for the pliers.  Split ring nose and crimp channel built in.  Line cutter is good for braid or mono. 

Ease of Use

The pliers are smaller in frame size then some of the others we have reviewed.  Seem better suited for smaller hands.  Lack of rubber grip is also noticed.


Made of quality aluminum with stainless steel jaws.  Due to configuration of the cutter blade it tends to break and need replacing.

Overall Thoughts

Not as good as some of the other pliers reviewed.  Not bad for the money and may be your go to pliers if you have small hands.

Our Rating

2 thumbs up
address description owner Nearest Cam
Margate Fish Pier
121 S Exeter Ave,
Margate City NJ
(609) 823-9846
Atlantic Ocean

Must be a member of Angler's Club to use the pier.
Angler's club has one time initiation fee and per year fee which includes a locker.

The Angler’s Club
Ventnor City Fishing Pier
Cambridge Avenue & the Boardwalk
Ventnor City NJ
Atlantic Ocean

Ventnor City
Ocean City Fishing Club Pier
14th and Boardwalk
Ocean City NJ
Atlantic Ocean

Ocean City Fishing Club
Keansburg Fishing Pier
275 Beachway
Keansburg NJ
Raritan Bay

The Pier is approximately 2000 feet long. You have an amazing panoramic view of New York City, along with awesome sunrises and sunsets.

Lavallette Pier
Magee Avenue
Lavallette NJ

Barnegat Bay

Keyport Fishing Pier
1 American Legion Drive
Keyport NJ
(732) 739-3900
Raritan Bay

Wildwood crest
Sweet Briar Rd. and Park Boulevard.
Wildwood crest NJ

Atlantic Ocean

Mantolooking Bridge Fishing Pier
30 Mantoloking Road
Brick NJ
1-877-OC PARKS
Barnegat Bay

With great views of the Barnegat Bay, this is sure to be one of the best fishing or crabbing spots in all of Ocean County.

Ocean County Parks
Berkley Island County Park
399 Brennan Concourse
Berkeley Township NJ
Barnegat Bay

Park is Open

The Pier is 285‘ long x 24’ wide. We provide landing nets, a fish cleaning station, picnic area, and toilet facilities. It is well-lit at night, family-friendly, and produces some of the finest catches of Flounder, Striper, Bluefish, Weakfish, Croakers, Kingfish and Blue Claw Crabs!!! Also the occasional Trigger Fish, Sheepshead, Drum Fish, & Almaco Jack. The Crabbing is Excellent!

Ocean Count Department of Parks and Recreation
Grassy Sound Marina Pier
13 Old N Wildwood Blvd
Wildwood NJ
(609) 846-1400
Grassy Sound
The Pier is 285‘ long x 24’ wide. We provide landing nets, a fish cleaning station, picnic area, and toilet facilities. It is well-lit at night, family-friendly, and produces some of the finest catches of Flounder, Striper, Bluefish, Weakfish, Croakers, Kingfish and Blue Claw Crabs!!! Also the occasional Trigger Fish, Sheepshead, Drum Fish, & Almaco Jack. The Crabbing is Excellent!

Grassy Sound Marina
Bayshore Waterfront Park
719 Port Monmouth Road
Port Monmouth NJ
Sandy Hook Bay

Enjoy the maritime shrublands, tidal creeks, salt marshes, dunes, mile of beach and scenic views across the water. The park offers a fishing pier, access to Raritan Bay, and beautiful views of the NY skyline

Monmouth County Parks
Waterfront Park
Waterfront Fitness Trail
Carteret NJ
Arthur Kill
Carteret Municipal Government

Pier Fishing Tackle Reccomendations


If you are new to Pier fishing, then there are a few things to keep in mind with regards to having the correct tackle. If you are on an Ocean or open bay fishing pier where Bluefish and Striped Bass are known to run, your not going to get by on light tackle. Still, you don't want anything too heavy to slow you down from casting and retrieving is in order.


Fishing Rod/Reel Requirements for NJ Pier Fishing


  • Fishing Rod Must Be At least 7.5 ft tall

Additional length means better casting and leverage. You want a pole longer than you typically would use on a boat. Don't go too tall though because taller rods are also clunkier to operate so you really want to stay in 7.5 – 9 ft range with your pier fishing rod.  This size rod will allow you to handle almost all types of fishing opportunities that will avail themselves while you are pier fishing.

Rod Must Have Plenty of Backbone

In addition to the possibility of big fish, the ocean is a challenge on your equipment as well. You need something that will handle dropping several ounces of lead as required on occasion.  You do NOT want a light action rod for pier fishing.   A rod with a MH (Medium-Heavy) designation is best to get started with.

 Spinning Variety

It just makes so much more sense to use a spinning rod for pier fishing. They are easier to cast and operate for experienced fishermen and newcomers alike. If you are looking specifically for a rod to fish on piers with, make it a spinning rod.

Quality Matters

It is worth noting that saltwater is really unforgiving. Whatever you can afford, buy the best spinning reel you can. If you take care of a good reel, it can last you for you years. However, some of the lower end models will last you 1 year and you will need to replace it. The quality of the rod is important also, but even the low end rods will last you a while, unlike the low end reels.

Our Best Pier Fishing Combination Value Reccomendation

Penn Pursuit II 6000-2 Piece Spinning Combo, 8-Feet/Medium-Heavy

Penn has been a well known name in saltwater fishing for decades.  This combination is a great starter outfit for pier fishing and can also be used for surf fishing.  And it won't break the bank.  You can get this for less than $75.


Additional Tackle You Will Need for Pier Fishing


Telescoping Landing Net

You should make sure you have a long handle or telescoping landing net when you are pier fishing. Most fish of any size will be lost as you try to land it on a pier if you don't net the fish.  Telescoping nets make it easier to travel. 




Quality Aluminum Fishing Pliers

No fisherman can go without fishing pliers. It pays to have a decent pair of pliers in your box for your pier fishing adventure. Remember, saltwater is unforgiving so make sure you get a pair of pliers made for saltwater use.


Stainless Steel Fishing Hooks

Of course you will need to have a variety of hooks and swivels at your disposal. You can save some money over the course of a fishing season by buying hooks in bulk, but be careful because if they are not Stainless steel they will rust quickly just being exposed to salt air. So, either buy small packs of hooks and leave packs closed until ready to use or buy stainless steel hooks. In either case you will need a a variety of sizes.

Saltwater Leader Spool 40lb Test

You need to have a just a few different sizes of leader spools here. You MAY want to also add some flouo to your mix but it is pricey


Berkley Gulp! Alive! Curly Tail Swimming Mullet

If you are a saltwater fisherman, you need Gulp. They make many varieties and most are quite qood. For pier fishing, 2 most haves are Curly tails and Shrimp.

3 Way Swivels

Nothing complicated here, just make sure you have 2 way, 3 way, and snap swivels in a few different sizes. Most pier fishing is done with a very simple set up of a 3 way swivel, a leadered hook with bait and a sinker.

Bank Sinkers

You will need an assortment of lead sinkers with most in the 2-5 oz range. You will save much money by buying in advance online as mark up on sinkers at piers and other tackle shops is high.


Diamond Jigs

You need bucktails, diamond jigs, and swimmers. Your set.

Marine Cooler

Much like surf fisherman, many pier fisherman get coolers on wheels. 

Fillet Knife

This is another area where you want to buy the best you can afford. Cheap knives loose there edge quickly, rust and will not give you satisfactory value for your money over the long haul. Handles of something other than wood is preferable as wood never really comes clean and it acts as a germ hangout on your knife.


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