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Tradeoffs in Hooks

By Rob BelloniSeptember 25, 2007

Bass anglers have the odds stacked against them.  For example, a typical day consists of the alarm blaring at 3:15 in the morning often followed by a drive of more than an hour to your destination.  Then, tack on eight hours of fighting wind, a bad bite and a couple of missed fish and your brain is bound to get a little fuzzy by the end of the day.  Add tournament stress and anxiousness or a 14-hour day hunting big bass, and the results can be even more disastrous if a hook is not up to par - even if you've downed a 6-pack of the latest rock-your-socks-off energy drinks, the mind is simply not what it was at the beginning of the day.

It is precisely at these moments when critical mistakes are made and some of the most common mistakes, late in the day, are hook related.  Whether it's a hook that got a little dull from rubbing on a crankbait or a hook point that got bent when you stepped on a lure without realizing it, these little things can make or break any day on the water.  If you're reading this article you probably already understand the importance of keeping a sharp hook - but let's dig deeper - because sharp is a relative word, and maintaining a sharp hook at all times is easier said than done.

Hook points that look fine may be prove to be damaged on closer inspection

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