When fishing in catch and release areas, one needs to be able to unhook the fish and return them to the water unharmed.
What tool(s) would be useful for this?
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The best tool I have found for this is a Hemostat.
They are long and thin, enabling you to reach in and get to fishhooks that are deep inside and can be locked onto the hook.
It's also really easy to carry them when fly fishing, you simply clamp them onto your fishing vest and then they can be opened with one hand.
These are way better and lighter than plyers and will stay locked to the hook.
Charlie Brumbaugh's answer is definitely the way to go for smaller fish such as panfish or trout. However, for bigger fish such as northern pike or musky I go with a longer (12-16"/~30-40 cm) pair of needle nose pliers as seen below.
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I prefer to use either the middle option, with the slight bend, or straight option on the right because the more curved option on the left can put your wrist in an awkward position if they decide to try to roll. Many times I'm able to just reach over the side of the boat with these and never even have to touch the fish. As an added bonus I do not need to get my fingers anywhere near their teeth.
For smaller fishes, usually, one can easily remove the hook by hand, but when the fish is bigger, the pliers are a great help.
I have been using pliers for quite some time now and they do the work.
I have heard of people using disgorgers but I haven't tried them yet, as the only time I bought some, they arrived broken in half.