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Tuesday, February 5, 2008

• Gift Card; Gammy Jobee Pro Hooks

I forgot all about writing a post on what I ended up using my Academy gift card for. I used it on the 26th of January. I had a $15 gift card, but I knew I was going to spend more than that because there were things I knew I needed in addition to what the gift card would get used for. I had a list made up so that I wouldn't be coerced by the bait monkey.

Here's the list. I'm almost out of Zoom Horny Toads and even though topwater season isn't here yet, I figured I'd get some ahead of time and be ready. I knew I wanted another Terminator T1 spinnerbait. I also wanted some weighted hooks of some kind. I had a few soft plastic jerk baits in mind including Gulp, Berkley, and Zoom.

I ended up getting a pack of black/chart toads as planned. The 1/2oz firetiger Terminator spinnerbait I purchased was different than the others on the rack. Someone had shoved it all the way to the back. It had an extra skirt at the bottom. All the others were just spinnerbaits by themselves. Talk about luck. I bought the three different jerkbaits. I am going to put Gulp to the test. The Zoom flukes are pretty good, so I got a pack of those. Those Berkley jerk shads have worked in the past, but I don't like the smell. Bass don't seem to mind. I'm going to test them out on a shaky head this time. The weighted hooks were hard to find. I ended up getting the Gamakatsu 1/8oz Jobee Pro Hooks. These hooks looked exactly like what I wanted. Academy was out of the spool boxes, so I went to Bass Pro and picked one up.

Now, the reason I was reminded about my purchases was because I tested out the Gammy hooks today off the pier. I rigged up a soft plastic and dragged it along the bottom, hopped it, and swam it just to see the different types of action the hooks made. The lure essentially dives straight down. 1/8 ounce weighted hooks aren't going to plummet to the bottom, so the drop was what I had hoped it would be. I cast off to one side of the pier at a cypress knee just a foot away from a tree. I dragged the bottom because I wanted to see how much gunk and weeds I'd snag in the hook. I'd only brought the lure 1/4 of the way back when I felt something heavy on the other end, so I set the hook and the fish in the picture below took me for a ride. It tried to wrap around the dock posts. I'd guess it weighed about 2 1/2 to 3lbs, but I didn't have my scale with me.


Basspastor said...

I use the Jobee hooks with flippin tubes and creature baits in heavy grass cover.

I think I would like the hooks better if they were more heavy duty.

Nothing builds confidence like success, the first time you try it.