Savage Gear Pistol Deep Throat Hook Out review

The Savage Gear Pistol Deep Throat Hook Out is great for removing hooks from pike and comes with a holster and zinger to keep it at the ready. It's also great for those stubborn nasal hairs.

Savage Gear Pistol Deep Throat Hook Out review
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Savage Gear Pistol Deep Throat Hook Out review
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Savage Gear Pistol Deep Throat Hook Out review
Estimated reading time 3 - 4 minutes

How does the Savage Gear Pistol Deep Throat Hook Out work?

The Savage Gear Pistol Deep Throat Hook Out is an unhooking tool or disgorger aimed at pike anglers. It has a trigger grip handle which you squeeze to tighten the jaws around the hook. A simple turn of the hooks releases the points and your hooks or lure are free.

Is this a copy of the Baker Hook Out?

I'm not sure who got there first, but it's very similar to the popular Baker Hook Out tool. The Savage Gear version has several advantages, though.

Firstly, the Pistol comes with a holster so you can keep it tucked out of the way so it's ready to access when you need to unhook a pike. Secondly, it comes with a coiled retractor cord which attaches it to the holster, so you'll never lose it.

The Savage Gear Deep Throat Hook Out's holster comes with a couple of wide belt loops, so you could attach it to your belt if you wear one while fishing. I wear the Savage Gear Roadrunner Gear Bag while I'm lure fishing, so just attack my Hook Out to that.

It keeps it tucked out of the way - alongside my kidneys - so it never impedes casting and I can always reach it easily when I have a pike on the mat.

How big is it?

As the name suggests the Savage Gear Pistol Deep Throat Hook Out has quite a long reach. It's 22.5cm long (or around 10"). I've yet to enter a situation in which I've had a pike hooked so deeply (or a pike with such a cavernous gob) that the length hasn't been sufficient.

If you are lucky enough to fish in pike waters where the fish are much larger, or you bait fish where there's an increased risk of pike swallowing the hooks, then you might want to go for a longer alternative.

Whatever you do, the Savage Gear Pistol Deep Throat Hook Out should never be the only thing you carry. Always carry a decent set of side cutters with you, just in case you need to chop the hooks out.

What size hooks can it handle?

The Savage Gear Pistol Deep Throat Hook Out has some serrations on its jaws that allow it to grip even fairly small hooks, but it also handles very large ones. I use it whenever I'm pike fishing, either with small ultra light lures or with bigger lures and jerkbaits.

I've even used it while trout fishing and it works well. Obviously those big jaws won't be much help on a little perch, so if small fish are possible then always carry a smaller pair of forceps too.

Does it offer much grip and leverage?

Yes, those serrations provide tons of grip. It never slips and I've yet to come across a hook it can't remove easily. The pistol's trigger grip mechanism is also much easier to hold when your hands are frozen too, and is certainly much less fiddly than forceps.

These seem so tough that I suspect I'll never need to buy one again. However, if I did, I'd happy buy another set. There's really not much bad that can be said about the Savage Gear Pistol Deep Throat Hook Out. If you're looking for a cost effective set of unhooking pliers, these are well worth considering.

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