Soundly hold your catch of the day while removing the hook with a solid fish gripper. Fish grippers with locking jaws offer added security for especially lively fish, and those with lanyards and clips allow you to hang your catch or carry it hands-free. If you'll be releasing fish back into the water after catching them, look for models that boast gentle jaws that won't harm the mouth or gills. While some fish grips are great for larger boats and heavier catches on land, many of these fishing tools are specially designed to help anglers land fish while in a canoe or kayak.
Be prepared to accurately measure your haul with reliable fish scales and fish rulers. Waterproof portable fish scales are easy to take with you on the boat, so you can measure an impressive catch in front of your astonished crew right then and there. While fish spring scales with sturdy hooks offer simpler designs, backlit touch-screen models make it easy to see measurements at a glance. Serious anglers will benefit from fish scales with an internal memory that tracks their biggest catches over time as well as culling systems. Plus, packing a ruler makes it easy to see exactly how long each fish in your haul is, as well as who wins bragging rights each trip.