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Forceps recommendations?

Posted: Tue Nov 01, 2011 10:21 am
by Iknowagoodplaice
Just realised my forceps are no longer in my tackle box, presumably rusting away on some beach somewhere. So I need some new ones.

Can anyone recommend a decent pair? I had the 6 inch Mustad before, which I was not that keen on.

Posted: Tue Nov 01, 2011 10:56 am
by dontcatchmuch
hi ikagp
in my opinioun to get good ones they need to be of medical quality .have a look on ebay under medical instramebts
cheers steve

Posted: Tue Nov 01, 2011 7:20 pm
by eccles
N, make sure they are not too big. Those with long handles which one often sees in tackle shops can also be awkward to use. Can't recall where I got mine now but the handles are only about 2 - 3 inches long and much easier to use than the long handled variety.

Posted: Tue Nov 01, 2011 8:16 pm
by rabbi2
I prefer to use large long nosed pliers especially for the doggies
keith :D :D

Posted: Tue Nov 01, 2011 8:32 pm
by eccles
I can understand that Keith and I would probably be a good idea to add same to my inventory. However, for a lot of relatively small gut hooked fish which seems to happen fairly often I would still prefer small forceps.

Posted: Tue Nov 01, 2011 9:00 pm
by Iknowagoodplaice
Hmm, difficult one. I was inclined to opt for 10" so I didn't run out of forcep on a deep-hooked fish, but I can imagine they could be awkward when the extra length is not needed. (Wish I hadn't lost the others - no idea when it happened even.)

What about the kind you find advertised everywhere - the medical sort. Are they robust enough for sea fishing, crushing barbs and the like?

Posted: Wed Nov 02, 2011 9:28 am
by dontcatchmuch
merical ones are made of the top rate stainlees and are the least prone to rusting . i have used medical standed forceps for years and never had any probs .they might cost a bit more but well worth it in my opinioun
cheers steve

Posted: Wed Nov 02, 2011 5:24 pm
by Iknowagoodplaice
Thanks chaps. Just have to pick a supplier now.