It’s not unusual for anglers to ‘pimp’ their lures and rigs to specialise their fishing techniques to catch more fish or make their fishing more efficient.
Probably the best example of anglers ‘tricking-up’ their gear is by painting their lures with different colour schemes. While most recently anglers are replacing lighter hooks and split rings with heavier ones when tackling stronger fish or replacing inferior quality treble hooks on lures with super sharp sets.
Anglers who troll with the ever popular winged lures for trout in weedier lakes have found that rigging these lures with one single hook has several advantages over the traditional treble hook that most use.
The major advantage is their resistance to weed collection. In many fish rich, shallow lakes there is often an abundance of ribbon or strap weed floating about that fouls on the treble hook rigs. With a single hook, this incidence of fouling is greatly reduced which means you spend more time productively fishing instead of de-weeding lures.
As an added bonus, a single hook provides a better hook-up ratio because there is only one hook point trying to penetrate the hard mouth of the fish. This means that all of the pressure applied when a fish hits the lure is directed towards driving a single hook deeper rather than trying to get multiple hook penetration when using treble hooks.
Also once hooked, and during the fight, as a fish shakes its head, the pressure between the multiple hook points on the treble may be great enough for one or two hook points to rip or fall out. With a single hook there is no such opposing force to remove the hook so they hold into the fish far better and are less likely to rip out like trebles are prone to do.
Understanding your tackle, its strengths and weaknesses, mostly comes about by spending time on the water. Individualising and tinkering with tackle to improve their fish catching abilities is one of the smaller pleasures perhaps, but its also very rewarding and satisfying when it pays off.
Good luck, and remember, you really won’t know if something can be improved unless you give it a go!
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