They’re not ‘sexy’ or eye-catching. Yet stocking the right selection of hooks, weights and other terminal tackle—and knowing when to use it with help from your ScoutLook Fishing app—will put more bass in your boat this season.They’re not ‘sexy’ or eye-catching. Yet stocking the right selection of hooks, weights and other terminal tackle—and knowing when to use it with help from your ScoutLook Fishing app—will put more bass in your boat this season.
Page through most any fishing retailer’s catalog, or stroll through an aisle in your local tackle shop. What catches your eye is predictable: Row after row of colorful new crankbaits and other gaudy (or eerily lifelike) hard- and soft-plastic lures—in most every size, color, and shape imaginable. The latest and greatest. These are also the lures that anglers—both amateur and pro—credit when they have a great day on the water.
Often lost in the shuffle are less-glamorous terminal tackle items, the “forgotten” gear smart anglers everywhere depend on during each and every fishing trip. Small, unassuming terminal tackle components are often the “real” keys to a successful fishing day; anglers who stock the right stuff, and know how to use it, are typically those “lucky” few who consistently manage to catch the largest percentage of fish.
HOOKS? THEY’RE NOT CREATED EQUAL
Hooks are some obvious terminal tackle items. When sharp and strong and well-matched to their application, they’ll put more bass in your boat. When they’re poorly matched to the task, or worse yet, dull and weak, they can cause immeasurable heartache and ruined fishing memories. Having a wide selection of the “good stuff” will put you miles ahead this year.
Selecting the right hook for the situation is especially important when fishing soft-plastic baits, as the right hook will aid in the action of the bait, and even more importantly, increase your percentage of solid bass hookups.