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Worm hook

SPIS TREŚCI

1. The lure for medium size crucian and tench may be caught by very big tench, crucian or carp. In such situations a good hook will show all good sides.

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.

Przynętę przeznaczoną dla przeciętnej wielkości karasi i linów w każdej chwili może pochwycić medalowej wielkości lin, karaś lub karp. Właśnie w takich sytuacjach dobry haczyk pokaże, na co go stać.

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.

2. Perfect hooks very good hold the fish during towing. I put them to the rod for barbell, tench and I use them on the waters where apart from big bream you can catch silver carp or catfish.  This hook allowed me to fish a lot of big fish. As a curiosity I remind you that in 1989 in Poland a  popular guide came out ( written by the very popular author in Czechoslovakia ). It said that hook size 6 -10/0 should be used for barbell. I personally think that this is very bad idea. For the heaviest Polish barbell 60331 nr. 8 hook is the best. Coming back to description of 10015 – it is wrought, with the splinter on the handle, head slightly bended back, it has got small shovel, the splinter on the head, it very good holds the red worm and small earthworm. Available in sizes: 8-12. For white worms I use number 12.3. The hook number 8 and long worm. As the worm not to slide down on the line I put a thin rubber on the handle. In the shops you can get rubber plugs which are for blocking the worms. The splinter on the handle holds the worm in the right position thanks to that the worm looks delicious.

Hook number 60331 BLN „Carp Power” Ultra Point.

4. Very strong hook, it can be used for pulling carps and the fattest barbels. It was made like this: reinforced strength , wide angle of notching, splinter on the head, at the end small shovel, shortened handle 1x, double thickness of the wire. Available sizes: 8 – 12. 5. Red worms can be presented in this way. This is the way how I hook the worms when I fish for carps in the graveled area or when I fish for tench or barbell in more calm parts of Wisla river.  Here I protected the worms against sliding down on the line. Not to allow to flatten the worm on the knee, I tighten two or three white worms which are to attract the fish – it is kind of  delicious sandwich. You should remember that this is the alive worm which attract the fish the most effectively, so I recommend to puncture it just in one place or at least in two places. When you puncture the worm in more places it dies soon.5. Red worms can be presented in this way. This is the way how I hook the worms when I fish for carps in the graveled area or when I fish for tench or barbell in more calm parts of Wisla river.  Here I protected the worms against sliding down on the line. Not to allow to flatten the worm on the knee, I tighten two or three white worms which are to attract the fish – it is kind of  delicious sandwich. You should remember that this is the alive worm which attract the fish the most effectively, so I recommend to puncture it just in one place or at least in two places. When you puncture the worm in more places it dies soon.


 

Hook number 10657 NPBLN „Carp Power” Ultra Point.

6. The hook to fish by the hair and feeder method. On the first  sight it is very similar to 60331 hook but there are differences. This is the construction of the hook: short, thicken wire 1x, finished with an eye, straight head with a splinter. It is a very good hook.7. This hook has not got the splinter on the head which supports the red worms. To keep the worms on the full length of the head I interleave red worms with white ones. Thanks to that solution red worms does not create the kind of a ball but by their weaving there are very attractive for fish. The presence of the white worms influence positively on the number of catches. That portion of worms is very good for big and strong fish such as carp, barbell ( 2,5 – 5 kg), smaller catfish or Siberian sturgeon. The hook with a small eye is very comfortable when ting the leader and the possibility for using it to freeder and hair is the perfect idea of constructors.

Hook number 10750BLN Eyed Baitholder.

Strong hook which is used in the situation when strong fish catch  really carefully. It is good when presenting big earthworms , leeches, the imitation of long worms, strips of meat or  skin. This is the construction of the hook: reinforced strength extra strong, forge,  ended with an eye, mainsail laterally bended and slightly bended over into the middle. On the shorter  handle there  are two spikes, the elbow is slightly bended and wide.  In my opinion it is ledger hook with good usefulness in lowland river and foothill river. It is good when fishing at night when we are not sure what will catch and every strong fish may be expected. Two spikes effectively hold long worm on the handle. To protect the worms from sliding down on the elbow and as the result lacking the attracting values I blocked it with soft lure.  On the picture the mainsail is visible, not covered but on the fishery worms which waves ,effectively mask the mainsail from the fish sight. When I was   putting on few worms  I punctured them only once, in 1/3 of the body length. The good place to puncture is thickened area.

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.

Waldemar Ptak

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