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- Written by Waldemar Ptak
Catching fish depends from perfect connection of all the fish rod’s elements, not forgetting about angler’s abilities. It is true that not so long ago the way how we put a worm on the hook did not matter, the kind of the hook did not matter to, because….. fish caught.
The time has changed, the fish figured out the rules of the game and they do not want to catch every worm in a frenzy. The smallest detail such as tip which sticks out, the flash of hook in the sun, too thick or too stiff end of the fishing rod or the drooping worm – each of those examples may cause our defeat on the fishery. It is unbelievable that fish behaviour grown up such metamorphosis. Happily there are fish which we can count on no matter how serious our mistakes are: these are breams, roaches and small carps. But they are not the fish of which we dream of when we are fishing.
The hook is still the most important.
I am brought up on old, well known truth ; “ Bad hook will destroy all your attempts to catch a fish” . It is very easy to imagine. It is a pity that a lot of anglers analyze the hook’s condition too late after the failure. You should not be angry, and you should not go to seller with the complaint after “ the fish of your life”. The assessment of the hook’s quality should be done in the reverse order, that means that it should be done before going to the fishery, or ever better in the shop before buying. To save yourself a lot of tests, I recommend ignoring those hooks which differ significantly with lower price. There are no miracles in production, lower price means lower quality.
Mustars hooks I have found quite long ago and since that time I am a user of them. Of course I know good hooks from other companies like Owner, Gamakatsu. All of those three companies are very good but the Mustad offer is more interesting, more extensive and it satisfies all my fancies. It offers reliable hooks on the fish from my fishery, perfectly presents the lures which I use systematically and occasionally. I really respect them because the company is on the market since 1832, the hooks have been produced for 135 years. Scandinavians still have the best steel in the world. I found few innovative solutions very useful ( Ultra Point for example), so with a real pleasure I am the owner of those hooks. I really recommend you to have the hooks from one company because thanks to that you will be able to find good and bad points of the given hooks and this knowledge will be useful in different difficult situations. I want also to mention the rod’s leader offered by Mustad for the white fish. These are ready, perfectly tied rod’s leaders, with accurately matched pairs: the size and the type of the hook – the thickness and stiffness of the rod’s leader. I use those rod’s leaders and according to me they are equal to those tied on your own. Of course the Mustad offer does not deplete all the hook- line combinations but that is perfect offer for older people, children and novice anglers. Being cautious you should have rod’s leader and hook sin your fishing bag to tie untypical leader and thanks to that adjusts the rod to the fish behavior.
The worm on the hook.
From this year’s Dragon company catalogue I selected few Ultra Point series hooks ( double cone). I often use them on the fisheries on the South Poland. “ Double cone “ is patented way of grinding the hook, in effect the Mustad company was able to make the hook which slower cut the keenness on the stones, it’s better from the rest. The Ultra Point hook is especially useful with ledger fishing on the stony bottom for breams, catfish and carps. The Ultra Point series is very good for strong fish, the smallest hooks will handle with the heaviest bream or tench, 10 kilo carp with the heaviest asp in white water. On individual hook I show you the way how I put white and red worms. On account of the comfort of preparations and taking pictures I used slightly bigger hooks for white worms. The creativity with putting white worms is limited just by one thing: thrown worm must be alive because alive it attracts the best.
Hook number10015BLN „Trout Power”Ultra Point.
Hook number 60331 BLN „Carp Power” Ultra Point.
Hook number 10657 NPBLN „Carp Power” Ultra Point.
Hook number 10750BLN Eyed Baitholder.
The attraction of the worms on the hooks may be raised by coupling up the scrap of the colourful foil, threading bright bead, coupling up few cotton threads and of course dipping the worms. The condition of worms should be checked very often and dead ones should be removed.