Great tool, but....
November 25, 2013
Absolutely the best fishing tool I've ever owned! I bought one two years ago and used it every weekend since, cleanly and safely de-hooking hundreds of fish, from sail cats, sharks and toothy mackerel to snapper, sea trout and red fish. Every guest on our boat is amazed at how easy and simple it is to use, and it's truly a rare event for us to ever actually touch a fish, whether we're releasing a fish or putting it in the fish box.
If it's so great, why only a two star rating? Well, the original de-hooker was recently lost overboard, and since I never plan to go fishing again without one, so I purchased an exact replacement from Tackle Direct through Amazon - this 16" ARC. It was shipped and received within a few days, and we took it with us this past weekend, looking for sea trout, grouper and king mackerel in Tampa Bay. Our first fish was a three pound mackerel so we whipped out the ARC to quickly release him. Just like the hundreds and hundreds off times before with our previous ARC, I grabbed the leader in one hand and slid the de-hooker down to the hook and pulled tight to release the fish. At that moment, the rod of the de-hooker snapped off at the handle and went flying into the sea. Left with only the handle and one mad mackerel, which were both eventually lost overboard during the ensuing fire drill, we couldn't believe what had just happened. I didn't even have anything to return for a replacement.
I've just now ordered my third one, and if it lasts as long as my first one, I'll come back and change the rating. It's a great tool and hopefully we just got a rare defective one this time.