Fishing knivesAnyone who thinks fishing is all about sitting on the bank of a quiet stream watching a bobber float on the water has never actually been fishing. A pastime that requires a huge box to carry the essential gear is a truly complex undertaking. The knives of the trade are also varied — when we speak of fishing knives, we’re not talking about one type that’s just right. Fishing requires several, each suited to a particular task.

You may need to cut rope, and quickly, if you fish from a boat. Floods used to rise gradually when nature ran the show, but downstream from Corps of Engineers dams you may not have time to untie from that handy snag before it pulls the bow under. A good belt knife like the RAT Cutlery Case RC-3 Bushcraft solves unexpected problems quickly and also does the nasty work like cutting bait. Don’t use the same knife to clean the fish, unless you’d eat the bait yourself.

Things are always going wrong with rods and reels and outboard motors, and if you don’t have tools for the repair, you just go home. Long nose pliers are also needed if you catch and release fish — barbed hooks don’t just let go. While multi-tools such as the Leatherman Surge offer a variety of tool bits handy for working on tackle and tweaking reels, the jaws are a little short for retrieving hooks set deep in a fish’s maw. For more precise fish-handling consider the Rapala Pro Set of long-nosed pliers and folding filet knife.

For cleaning both large and small fish, get a good filet knife. The most economical use of the fish often turns out to be a neatly cut filet. A knife that’s too stiff, too small, or too short wastes a lot of fish. For the larger catch you’ll need a full sized flexible blade like our choice for the best fillet knife — Queen Cutlery’s Fishing and Filet Knife.

See All of Our Fishing Knife Reviews Below


Western Small Game Fixed Blade Knife (WL628)

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Schrade Old Timer Sharpfinger Fixed Blade Skinning Knife

Schrade has always been known for providing high-quality knives at reasonable prices. This knife is a great example of that. Schrade...
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Al Mar Eagle Knife, Cocobolo Handle, Talon Blade, Plain

This finely crafted knife was designed by Al Mar Company. This useful little blade features a four-inch locking blade made of...
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SOG Knives Sogwinder I Knife | Drop-Point Bowie Folding | Sogwinder 1 Stainless Steel

The Winder Sogwinder I from SOG Knives features a drop point Bowie blade that is exceptionally thick for a folding knife....
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Leatherman Wave Knife, Multi-Tool | Nylon Sheath | #830038

Leatherman presents the Wave Nylon Sheath knife / multi-tool. As you’ve come to expect with Leatherman products, the Wave is much...
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Remington Trapper Knife | 440 Stainless Steel Pocket Folder

The Trapper Knife from Remington is a performance blade that has great looks to match. It features a pair of folding...
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Browning Three Blade Knife with Amber Bone Handle

The Traditional Amber Bone Knife is a beautiful addition to the Browning family and to your collection. Known for their superior...
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Randall Made Knives Model 5 | Models 5-4, 5-5, 5-6, 5-7, 5-8 | Camp & Trail Survival Knife

I won’t go into much detail on the Randall Made Knife company here. You can find that in our review of...
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Randall Made Knife Model 10 | Saltwater Diving | Salt Fisherman, Household Utility | 10-3 10-5 10-7

Randall Made Knives you probably already know. Makers of quality knives for seventy years, their models have become highly sought-after collectibles...
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W.R. Case Peanut Knife | Rainforest Handle | Pocket Folder Tested XX

W.R. Case you probably already know — they are an American maker of high-quality knives with a hundred-and-twenty year reputation on...
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Moore Maker Knives | Stockman Pocket Knife by Camillus | Texas Cutlery | Mooremaker

Moore Maker has been making knives for over twenty years in Matador, Texas. Started by Wayland and Glynard Moore, they’ve prided...
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Fallkniven U2 Review | Scandinavian Pocket Folding Knife

Fallkniven has been making knives for a relatively short time — only twenty years or so. How far they’ve come in...
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Frost Cutlery Knives | Cocobolo Country Five-Piece Set | Jim Frost

In addition to reselling other manufacturer’s knives, Frost Cutlery also provides their own line of knives, swords, and blades. Frost has...
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Case Pocket Fishing Knife | Image XX Bass Fisherman Folding

A gorgeous, rugged knife, perfect for bass fishing. This knife features a fish scaler blade with built-in hook disgorger. Blades are...
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