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Wednesday, February 13, 2008

• My Hooks

Again, this is another topic where I'm no expert, but I do have a choice when buying hooks. I'll mention which hooks I have and what I use them with. I'm a little unconventional with regards to hooks. I like to make hooks work for me in more situations than the so called standard dictates. I do have a large collection of much smaller hooks in unmarked cases. I use those for things like sunfish and crappie, but most of those hooks are gathering dust and rusting away.

2/0 Eagle Claw offset hooks
I've used these for drop shotting, Renegade Twirl Tail worms, and even on a Senko type bait. Anything 5 inches or less is fair game as long as it sits straight with the offset. Some plastics tend to slip or bend.

4/0 and 5/0 Gamakatsu EWG hooks
I use these hooks almost exclusively if I'm not using a screw-on Horny Toad hook. They are fairly strong hooks and seem to be sharp enough to get good hook sets. I use 4/0 more than I do 5/0, but when I use big worms, the 5/0 gets all the attention.

3/0, 4/0 Horny Toad Frog hooks
I use these hooks the most. Plastics do tend to slip and although companies are coming out with screw lock type hooks these days, I own enough of these hooks that I don't have a good reason to buy something else at this time. Aside from using these hooks on frogs/toads, the 3/0 works well on Senko type baits and 4/0 hooks work for almost anything else. Plastics last a lot longer when attached with a screw, so if your Senkos and Zoom Lizards tear up after one fish, consider going with hooks of this nature.

4/0 weighted Stanley Wedge V Lock hooks
I use these almost exclusively for Ribbits. In a pinch, a weighted hook like this works nicely for when I want to get a plastic to the bottom and keep it there. I have noticed that with the Ribbits, bass have an awfully easy time spitting the hook out.

VMC Sure Set hooks in sizes 4 and 6
I replace my front treble hooks on most lipped and lipless crankbaits with sure set hooks. The red hooks lose paint after catching a lot of fish, but they still help me catch more fish than a regular treble hook.

Gammy Trebles 4's and 6's
When I want to replace treble hooks, I tend to stay loyal to Gammy hooks. There may be better hooks out there, but right now I have a bad case of brand loyalty. I use both the red and black nickel hooks.

Gammy Jobee Pro Hooks, 1/8oz
I recently purchased these and have had a few chances to try them out. These hooks have performed to my expectations. I get the fall I want and the hook sets are good too. Again, I'll mention that little thing called brand loyalty.

Strike King Bleeding Bait 2/0 trailer hooks
I'm not a huge fan of trailer hooks and I rarely use them. If I do, these hooks are just the easiest to find. The hook keepers aren't the easiest to put on, but I've worked out a technique of sliding them on and off efficiently.

Jigs I buy tend to have Mustad hooks. I still haven't caught a bass on a jig yet unless you count the shaky heads. Still, all of the popularity surrounding Mustad hooks makes me a potential customer in the future. Even the Spot Remover shaky jigs use Mustad Ultra points.