Henry Gilbey
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Hooks and clips

HOOKS AND CLIPS

The various hooks and lure clips that I use for my lure fishing.


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Breakaway Mini Link lure clip (the best)

If there’s an easier to use lure clip than these rather clever Breakaway Mini Links then I haven’t come across them yet, and I think they are just fantastic. They are also nice and cheap. Check out my review here.

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Mustad Kaiju single lure hooks

Easy to get hold, not very expensive, these Mustad Kaiju single lure hooks are the business. As per a blog post here, all my surf lures are now rigged with single hooks, and I especially like these Mustad Kaiju hooks size 2/0 and 3/0.

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Varivas Avani Ocean Works Power (split) Rings

Such an innocuous part of lure fishing, but I like split rings that I trust and which last, and I have a lot of time for these Varivas Avani Ocean Works Power Rings. I have never, ever had an issue with these split rings, and I use the 4mm/40lb ones the most for our bass fishing.

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Seadra hitch-hiker coil

Bloody brilliant. Easy to use, they make soft plastics last a lot longer, and as I found out recently, you can in fact use these hitch-hikers on regular weedless hooks instead of only specialist ones like the excellent Owner Twistlock hooks. More information here about rigging various soft plastics with these Seadra hitch-hiker coils.

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Owner Twistlock weedless hooks, Gary Yamamoto spec

The Owner Twistlock hitchhiker system is the easiest to rig soft plastics on and these weedless hooks just seem to be ideally suited to our bass fishing. I particularly like size 5/0 and 6/0 for the 6’’ OSP DoLive Stick or the Wave Fishing 5’’ Bamboo Sticks, and then the smaller 3/0 or 4/0 versions work really well on the 4.5’’ OSP DoLive Stick FAT.

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Varivas Gran Hooking Master (Monster Class) weedless hooks

If there’s a better weedless hook for wrasse fishing especially then I haven’t come across it. These Varivas Gran Hooking Master (Monster Class) weedless hooks in sizes 1/0, 2/0 and 3/0 especially are perfect for the kind of soft plastics we might use for wrasse, and I have never had one of these awesome hooks start to bend out on me. They are very, very strong.

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Owner Twistlock weedless hooks, Gary Yamamoto spec, with belly weight

My perfect hook for weedless rigging a multitude of soft plastics, but with a belly weight. I really like these weighted hooks on something like the Deps Deathadder 6’’ soft plastic where I feel it gives me added stability in livelier conditions for example.

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VMC Specimen Inline Single 7266

A single hook for lures that just looked right from the off, and I love that these VMC Specimen Inline Single 7266 hooks are available in some big sizes as well - 2/0 or even 3/0 are perfect for our lures. More thoughts on that here.

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VMC Drop Dead weighted weedless hooks

They aren’t too expensive, there are all the hook sizes and belly weights that I need for various soft plastics, and I just like how these VMC hooks are put together.

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VMC 7554B BN Barbless treble hook

I absolutely love that these treble hooks come in barbed or barbless, and for me it’s barbless all the way. The VMC 7554B BN Barbless treble hook seems to be just about perfect for my bass fishing lures and so far I can’t find any signs of rust or damage on the ones I have been using. More details here.

You can find a good selection of VMC hooks here.

Accessory of the year 2018.

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Lunker City Texposer weedless hook

From the people that make the soft plastic Slug-Go lure, their slightly weird looking Texposer weedless hook is rather brilliant. In my mind some of the best weedless hooks for soft plastics that we can get our hands on. I love how they just don’t seem to rust up, don’t cost the earth, and they are plenty strong enough for the sort of fish we catch here in the UK and Ireland. My most commonly used size of the Lunker City Texposer hook is the 5/0 for 5’’ and longer soft plastics.

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Vanfook DT-58S treble hook

Holy cow Vanfook make sharp hooks! Serious quality hooks from this Japanese company, and whilst all treble hooks are going to rust up eventually, these Vanfook DT-58S treble hooks are some of the best I have found for when I need to replace the trebles on my hard lures.

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Delalande Agrafe Rapide INOX lure clips

Once you get used to almost twisting your lures onto this clip (you do not open it out) then after a while you start to wonder why on earth more clips are not made like this. I prefer the 35lb version for my lure fishing for bass especially.

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