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Product Reviews: Single Hooks, Sinkers
By Russ Bassdozer

Gambler Florida Rig Weight

The Florida Rig weight that has a thin Teflon tube you thread your line through, and a wire corkscrew that holds the weight against the head of a plastic bait. This keeps the plastic and weight together in thick cover. You rig a big, strong extra wide gap hook into the bait about 2" down from the weight. You really can't Florida rig a short bait. The 2" space is critical. It gives you a little room to still set the hook even if a big bass has clamped down tightly on the weight itself. Without any distance between the weight and the hook, you would just pull the whole bass forward and you could never set the hook if it's jammed snug against the weight clamped inside a fish's mouth. But because of the sliding Teflon tube and the 2" distance, the hook will still set even with a fish clamped down on it! Size: (Unpainted or Black, 1/64, 1/16, 1/8, 3/16, 1/4, 5/16, 3/8, 1/2, 1 oz)

Bullet Weights

Over 26 years ago, the Bullet Weights company introduced the original Bullet Weight. At the time, it was a whole new concept that caught on quickly. We sell bulk bags. Chip in a few dollars with a few anglers for quality and savings on the original bullet weights. Unpainted or with baked on PermaColor that's almost impossible to crack, peel or chip. Colors: Natural, Black, Purple. Sizes: 1/16, 1/8, 3/16, 1/4, 5/16, 1/2, 1 oz.

Bullet Weights Reusable Split Shot

These split shot are made of tin which is an environmentally smart metal and also grips the line better than lead. Sizes: 0, 00, 000.

Strike King Pro-Model Tube Rattle

This rattle fits inside most brands/models of hollow tubes like our Strike King KVD or Yamamoto tubes. Insert a rattle up inside the nose of a tube. Then Texas rig an offset hook so that the bent neck of the hook sits securely nestled inside the rattle's eye. On light lines and for spooky shallow water fish, the rattle itself provides all the weight needed to get a tantalizing, unpredictable, lifelike fall. When it reaches the bottom, let it rest there quietly for a while, then shake it ever so gently with your rod tip...without moving the tube forward...rattle, rattle...BANG! In deeper water and heavier cover, peg a bullet weight on the line first. With other types of soft plastics (lizards, grubs, etc.), slip the rattle over a wide round bend like our Owner Rig'N Hook before you bury the point back into the bait. The rattle swings freely on the round bend under the bait's belly where it can't interfere with the hook set.

Mustad Mega-Bite

The Mega-Bite is the hook that Denny Brauer's been so successful flipping our Strike King Flip-N-Tube into heavy cover with heavy gear, just as you would flip a jig 'n pig. A 4/0 is fine on the bulked-up Flip-N-Tube. Denny pegs a bullet weight to his line, and Texas rigs the eye of the Mega-Bite hook securely in the specially-designed solid nose tip of the Flip-N-Tube. Click here to read about the Ultrapoint on this hook and more about Denny and the Mega-Bite. Model 37177BLN. Size: 2/0, 4/0, 5/0.

Gamakatsu Hooks

More anglers prefer Gamakatsu more often. Why? Gamakatsu's High Carbon materials and its stable electronic tempering process result in high quality, strong hooks with points that do not weaken even after repeated sharpening. Experienced anglers notice these differences. Gamakatsu can result in higher angler satisfaction with more fish hooked and landed!

Gamakatsu Offset Shank Round Bend

This is your classic Round Bend. It works better with bulky baits, as the bulky bait will be pushed down to the center of the bend, exposing the point better when a bass bites. Offset Shank. Round Bend. Extra Sharp. Black Finish. Model 544. Series 50. Sizes: 1/0, 2/0, 3/0, 4/0, 5/0

Gamakatsu Offset Shank

This is your classic Sproat Bend for plastic worms. It works better with thin baits because the bend keeps the thin bait seated higher up the hook, making a thin bait more snagless and weedless. A general rule is two sizes smaller than a thin worm is longer: 1/0 for 3", 2/0 for 4", 3/0 for 5", etc. Click here to get More Info on Worm Fishing. Offset Shank. Sproat Bend. Extra Sharp. Bronze Finish. Model 071. Series 51. Sizes: 2, 1, 1/0, 2/0, 3/0, 4/0, 5/0.

Gamakatsu Straight Shank Round Bend

Click here to Catch the Magic of step-by-step rigging instructions. Straight Shank. Round Bend. Baitholder Slices. Extra Sharp. Black Finish. Model 484. Series 49. Sizes: 1/0, 2/0, 3/0, 4/0

Gamakatsu Straight Shank Bronze

The small sizes make a deadly hook for Fishing the Splitshot Gitzit. Straight Shank. Sproat Bend. Baitholder Slices. Extra Sharp. Bronze Finish. Model 011. 52 series. Size: 2, 1, 1/0, 2/0, 3/0, 4/0, 5/0.

Gamakatsu Straight Shank Black

Straight Shank. Sproat Bend. Baitholder Slices. Extra Sharp. Black Finish. 54 series. Sizes: 2, 1, 1/0, 2/0, 3/0, 4/0, 5/0.

Yamamoto Gamakatsu Hooks

Hooks designed by Gary Yamamoto and made exclusively for him by Gamakatsu. Design improvements from Gary's many years of trial, error and tournament fishing experience make the "Split Shot" and "Sugoi" hooks two of the best!

Yamamoto Gamakatsu "Split Shot"

"Split Shot" is a poor name because it does much more than that. It is also a superior hook for "wacky worming" and for nose-hooking unweighted trick worms, floating worms and soft jerkbaits. Click here to learn the advantages of Circle Hooks for Soft Plastics and Jerry Puckett's Split Shot Technique. 53 series. Sizes: 4, 5, 6, 7

Yamamoto Gamakatsu "Sugoi"

"Sugoi" means "perfect" for medium to medium/heavy tackle with Texas rigs, Carolina rigs, and weightless soft jerkbaits. Like the Split Shot hook above, the Sugoi hook is designed to slide in the mouth of a fish until it encounters the best possible place - a bony plate, jaw hinge or lip bone - to securely lodge itself under! 59 series. Sizes: 2, 1, 1/0, 2/0, 3/0, 4/0, 5/0

Owner Hooks

Today's bass hooks are all sharp - they all stick - but Owner's CUTTING POINT hooks are the only ones with a triple-edge blade designed to PENETRATE after they stick by slicing through bony, gristly mouth areas. Owner Cutting Points are the only ones designed to never need further sharpening by the angler. Click here to read more About Cutting Point Hooks. A Black Chrome finish is corrosion resistant in fresh, brackish and salt water. The finish is durable, dark, dull-colored and more natural than a shiny hook.

Owner "J" Hook

The J" hook is the newest hook from Owner and the hook to use for dropshotting or dropshot'n. With an extra wide bend, it is perfect for Carolina and Texas rigging lizards and other larger soft plastic baits. Point surfaces quicker on hook sets, and wide bend reduces the chance of fish throwing the hook. Z-Lock Shoulder Bend. Black Chrome. Cutting Point. Model 5140. Sizes: 4, 2, 1, 1/0, 2/0, 3/0, 4/0, 5/0

Owner Oversize Worm Hook

Oversize worm hook, with a heavy-duty forged shank, is the ideal choice for rigging king-size worms for big bass. Click here to read Bill Dance's When Bigger is Better for Plastic Worms. Z-Lock Shoulder Bend. Black Chrome. Cutting Point. Model 5110. Sizes: 7/0, 11/0.

Owner Rig 'N Hook

Work well with short, fat-bodied baits such as grubs. It's a strong hook that can handle strong bass on medium to medium/heavy rod/reel/line. Short Shank. Extra Wide Bite. Black Chrome. Cutting Point. Model 5X37. Series 58. Sizes: 4, 2, 1/0, 3/0, 4/0, 5/0

Owner Offset Wide Gap 3X Strong

A good choice for big bass, dense cover, heavy rod/reel/line. The wide gap can accommodate bigger, wider-bodied baits like lizards or sway-bellied soft plastic jerk baits, for example. Click here to Learn Four Ways to Rig an Offset Hook. Heavy Duty 3X Strong. Black Chrome. Cutting Point. Model 5X02. Series 55. Sizes: 2, 1, 1/0, 2/0, 3/0, 4/0, 5/0

Owner Straight Shank Wide Gap 3X Strong

This beefier, wide gap hook works better in longer or fatter worms than usual. Used for encounters with big bass or for worming in and around heavy cover. Click here to Catch the Magic of step-by-step rigging instructions. Straight Shank. Wide Gap. Round Bend. Baitholder Slices. 3X Strong. Black Chrome. Cutting Point. Model 5X03. Series 59. Sizes: 1, 1/0, 2/0, 3/0, 4/0, 5/0

Owner Straight Shank

Fine for finessing thinner baits like straight tail or ribbontail worms. Good for small to medium bass in clear water, splitshotting, finicky suspended fish, mid-water shaking, doodling, brass n' glass. Straight Shank. Round Bend. Baitholder Slices. Black Chrome. Cutting Point.  Model 5X00. Series 56. Sizes: 2, 1, 1/0, 2/0, 3/0, 4/0, 5/0

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