Product Reviews: Single Hooks, Sinkers
By Russ Bassdozer
Gambler Florida Rig Weight
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)
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
Bullet Weights Reusable Split Shot
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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" 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,
Yamamoto Gamakatsu "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
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
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
J" hook is the newest hook from Owner and the hook to
use for dropshotting
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
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
Bigger is Better for Plastic Worms. Z-Lock
Shoulder Bend. Black Chrome. Cutting Point. Model 5110. Sizes:
Owner Rig 'N Hook
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
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
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
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
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