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Fishing knives aren't used very often when actually fishing. Instead, these blades come into play afterwards, when cleaning or filleting fish for the table (detailed in Chapter 27). However, it's a good idea to take a knife with you, as one will serve as a backup for clippers. Knives are also handy for chores that are not directly related to your tackle but are often required when fishing, such as cutting anchor line, opening a lure package, or halving a sandwich. I always pack a knife when fishing, because I often wind up using it for some reason.

Hook sharpeners, or hook hones, are made of a rough, rock-like material in the shape of a bar or a rod. They typically feature a shallow, narrow groove in which the point of the hook is moved back and forth in order to sharpen it. Hook sharpeners are inexpensivefive dollars will get you a good oneand they're easy to use; sharpening one hook takes 10 seconds or so.

Landing Nets.

If you don't want to risk losing a fish, you have to bring a landing let. Not only do landing nets offer a much better chance of successfully catching a fish, they also provide a safe method of removing a fish from the water and unhooking it, rather than letting the fish flop around on the ground or in the boat, where it could break the line, throw the hook, make a mess, and/or possibly hurt you (an errant fin or tooth could catch you). A net also allows you to safely capture and unhook a fish that you intend to release, for the same reasons.

Fish Recipes

Fish Recipes

This is a great collection of delicious fish and shell fish recipes that you will love.

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