Firstly, Hi, this is my first post here, although i've been a lurking reader for a few months.
Going on my first salt water trip to Belize in June, for 3 days of guided Bonefishing at El Pescador.
I've only fished freshwater before and therefore am assembling my kit for this trip, hopefully I'll enjoy it and it'll be the first of many.
My main setup will be an 8 wt, and there is plenty of stuff in books and on the web regarding rods, reels, lines, leaders and flies. So I'm after info about the extras that i'll need, that as i salt water newbie, i may overlook. Things like, do i really need a pair of those $150 Abel fishing pliers for 12lb test mono and bonefish, although they are pretty.
Things like, do i really need a pair of those $150 Abel fishing pliers for 12lb test mono and bonefish, although they are pretty.
The simple answer is no! You don't need anything like that, a cheap pair of long nose pliers will work as well, or even a cheap pair of hemostats that many use in freshwater if all you need is a tool for aiding in removing hooks from Bonefish. Cheap pliers will rust with saltwater use, but they'll rust anyway even if used around freshwater. I bought a pair of cheap stainless pliers some years ago, paid about $15 for them, and they've been great. I've used all kinds of cheap tools for removing hooks, mashing barbs or cutting lines, including braided lines with other tackle. All work & I likely have not spent $150 on those tools in my lifetime!
If you can afford the Abel pliers, and want them, then that's a different matter. I can't so I don't.
Pliers are a good tool to have when saltwater fishing. Should you encounter a Cuda, instead of a Bonefish, & get hooked up, it would be useful. Although, it's not usually a good idea to get your hands too close to the mouth of any really big toothy saltwater creature! Bad things can happen real fast!
There are various nippers or scissors that will cut line. Stainless is again a good idea for the salt, but even regular finger nail cutters will do the job.
A knife & sheath, something like a Mora brand can be a good idea too. You never know when you might need to cut something fast. Might not be a problem for you, but I got tangled up in some discarded line one time while wading. I wasn't in any immediate danger, but in a different place, could have been. That was not the time for nippers!
Good polarized sun glasses, a good hat that gives full coverage to shield from the Sun and also keeps your head from frying under it, or something like Buff wear that protects from the Sun is IMO a more important place to spend your money, than on expensive pliers. Even the Sun's rays being reflected off the water can become a problem real quick.
Usually when fishing with guides, it's best to ask them what you need to have with you.
Forget the $150 pliers! I have a $30 pliers that I use every weekend on the flats. Some good polarized sunglasses are a must and I think some good flats boots are a must if your wading you want to stay comfortable! Also if you don't already have one a good waist pack.
almonde...Where did you find them for $50. I would like a pair for my yak
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I might also suggest a long sleeved shirt and zip-off leg pants, also to reduce sun exposure. Line clippers (even cheap ones ), Stainless pliers would be nice but regular steel will work. Just wash and oil every couple of days. I like the idea of a sheath knife and it would be great if you could get a sheath that has a plier holster built in. Some kind of lanyard for the knife might be good too. Gloves for sun protection and avoid line burns would also be a good idea. If you plan to do any exploring on your own a decent compass in the bottom of you tackle bag could be a life savor as could a good whistle.
almonde...Where did you find them for $50. I would like a pair for my yak[COLOR="Silver"]
I found the them at Columbia's own online outlet here, only 1 color available though.
Thanks for the tips, my girlfriend bought me some fingerless buff gloves at Chrsitmas, they have a stripping guard etc on them and i think offer UV protection, although i've only used them for trout fishing so far, when I forgot my wool gloves
You don't need pliers for a guided trip unless your guiding! Sunscreen , proper clothing and a hat! Boat shoes that won't scuff the boat and that you can wade in. As others have said ask your guide what you should bring like if you need water or lunch . If he recommends flys and offers use them . This is what he does use his knowledge to your advantage. If he recommends the tides are wrong for Bones listen to what he suggests as an alternative.
Having mated for many years on a charter customers would book a shark trip and when the day came for their trip conditions would be lousy for snarling . The captain would recommend going for tuna or inshore species but they would insist on sharks! Nothing worse than sitting on s chum slick for 6 hours and nothing to show for it.
The point is use your guide!
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