If you use weedless hooks for your lure fishing, have you ever come across or used the rather awesome Lunker City Texposer hooks? A weedless hook that I believe was thought up nearly twenty years ago now, so it’s hardly new or cutting-edge, yet without a doubt it’s the one hook I use in saltwater that as good as refuses to rust up. OK, so it’s not as if hooks are the most expensive thing we might buy in our lure fishing, but yes, it pisses me off no end when hooks rust up and need replacing for the most part a little too quickly for my liking - and especially treble hooks on expensive lures……...
I am kinda assuming that the weirdly shaped but highly effective Lunker City Texposer hooks ain’t made out of moon dust, but why on earth do these not exactly very expensive weedless hooks hardly seem to go rusty at all, and if they eventually do, it’s either a long way down the road or otherwise you’ve lost the hook somewhere along the line and you’re using a newer one anyway. I happen to especially like the largest size Lunker City Texposer hooks for any soft plastics around 5’’ and larger that I might fish weightless and weedless, and I can buy a packet of five of these hooks for £2.99 right here - and going on how few weedless hooks I lose before I begin to think of how they almost refuse to rust up anyway, well I reckon that’s some decent value for money.
But if a hook design that is nearly twenty years old can and does last so long in saltwater use, then why on earth can’t other hooks do the same? It may be a little sad I know, but I actually dream of modern treble and single lure hooks that are made from exactly the same material as the Lunker City Texposer hooks. It’s obviously some sort of steel, but what on earth do they do to it to get it to last so long? Even when I crush the barbs on these weedless hooks (and I always do, and no, I don’t lose fish because of it), this doesn’t create a “rust spot”, yet crush the barbs on most treble or single hooks (and I always do) and I bet you that’s the first area which will show signs of rust.
I have a bunch of different weedless hooks and I especially like a certain Mustad one that fits one of those hitchhiker things on there (hook code 91768BLN if that helps, I picked a bunch up in the US a couple of years ago, I prefer the 6/0 for 5’’+ soft plastics), but as good as these hooks are, they will rust up around the eye area especially after a bit of time. Again you can argue that it’s hardly a big deal, but then I would ask why on earth the Lunker City Texposer hooks don’t seem to ever go rusty? I know that hook companies don’t exactly want their hooks to last forever and that saltwater is the ultimate killer of gear, but a twenty year old hook design lasting as well as it does compared to so many other hooks? And yes, I am waffling on about weedless hooks because the whole senko thing at night is becoming more and more addictive, and when something really gets to me like that, my brain goes a wandering!