Get the Point?
or making sure the fish do!
The hooks feature below are the basic styles of hooks you'll be seeing most. While there's
a multitude of other styles and names these are the kinds you'll spend most of the time with..
Round Bend treble that comes standard on Streaks, Stingers and Pro Kings. The nature of this hook is to have a wide bite distance and it's a personal favorite with me that holds good if sharpened properly
Eagle Claw treble that comes on Fishlanders and Dreamweavers. The tip of point actually is pointed directly at the eyelet for a straight line pull and it's an original concept that works and the shank is longer
The Salmon Hook
The wide bend hook is designed
with a wider bend to provide extra hooking space.
Mankind's higher status in
nature can be credited to our ability to develop and use tools and
technology in our struggle to survive. As far back as we know in history,
people have caught fish for sustenance. Countless methods have been
developed in order to catch the various fish species living under quite
different conditions, from arctic to tropical waters. Many of the fishing
methods and types of tackle that have been developed over thousands of
years are still in use, both for sport, sustenance and commercial fishing.
Many types and sizes of hooks have been
designed to "get the point" of the hook into the fish once
you've conquered the problem of getting them to bite, strike or eat your
offering. Which any experienced fisherman can tell you, in some
cases is no easy matter. Making your bites count is what this page
is about. Missing strikes is not an option in the charter business,
or sport fishing too!
In terms that I can understand, it's a
whole bunch easier pushing a thin needle thru a tough piece of hide than
poking a hole with large one. All hooks that come stock on our Great
Lakes trolling spoons are triple X strong. The extra strength is
fine for harbor slugfests on a 30 pound hog King, but performs poorly on
acrobatic June Steelhead or April Brown Trout. So, let's look at it from the manufactures
stand point, they don't want complaints from their customers. So, they opt
for the heaviest hook that won't impede the action of their lure.
Religiously sharpening your hooks is both an art and science. Get it right and you'll earn the privilege to do combat with your advisory. The problem is when you buy your lures most hooks come with a chrome or vanadium plating. The plating process actually dulls and rounds over the point of the hook. This plating must be removed to have sticky sharp hooks. With bronze hooks like on the J series floating Rapalas, you're a little better off, but a light touch with a hook file is still recommended.
prefer a 3 sided bayonet approach with a steep angle, using the Luhr
Jensen Hook File. Three upward strokes from the shank towards the
eyelet is all that is usually required. The Jensen file has been a
mainstay with me for the past 14 years. The drawback is that the
long stiletto point can be bent over more easily and must be inspected
after removal from the jaw of a large King. Kings have reel bones in
their jaws and can dull, or bend over the end of any hook, rendering it
and tear are your biggest enemy, after jabbing the hook "to the
tonsils" on a hard-mouth August King, care and attention must come
into view when unhooking that rascal. If possible grab the bow of
the hook that's sunk into the fishes chops with a high quality pair of
needle nose pliers and pull straight back with it. If two or more
hooks are buried, grasp the main shank with and just yank and hope for the
best. Please keep in mind, the harder the hook is to get out, the
more likely it's gonna be damaged.
by sharpening your hooks, you'll have remember unprotected steel will
rust. After about a week, the points that you've honed to a razors
edge are in need of a light touch with the file before shipping to the
not, you'll be losing an advantage you ought to have. Over the years
I've taught my deckhands to keep a hook file in their shirt pocket and get
after the hooks when leaving the dock and after every fish, especially
1. Body baits the only way you can get a
hook to hang right is to add an additional spilt ring like I do on the
Willies Worm for river fishing. I believe the "soldered
on" hook should hang straight down.