Single Hook Replacement on Lures Mar 8, 2015 16:22:24 GMT -5
Post by krash on Mar 8, 2015 16:22:24 GMT -5
DIY, replacing trebbles on lures to single hook setup... How.
I saw this question a couple times in the last few weeks and different forums, thought the subject had been covered here but after searching could not locate the thread. This has become so popular that hook manufacturers are now making hooks for that purpose.
Why a special hook, because if you use a standard J or Circle style hook it will fall 90 degrees off center from straight inline with the lure if only using a single splitring to the hook's eye. Is this a bad thing IDK never seen any scientific research but MPO is it just don't look right. Solution was to use 2 splitrings or a hook with welded ring attached.
I've found both Owner and Mustad hooks with a welded ring and also saw another with a small swivel attached.
I recently found Owner Singe Hook Replacement hooks available, and saw online VMC also makes them.
How is easy, all ya need is your favorite split ring pliers, thunbnail, or other tool to be used to open the gap on the splitring.
Remove the trebble hook, leaving the splitring on the lure.
Install, open the splitring and slip the new hook with additional splitring (or not), in place.
Below is a photo of an well used and proven Spook Jr. and MirrOdine that I've converted for your viewing pleasure, along with the package of Owner brand hooks, Spook with Split ring to welded ringed, if you look close you may see bite marks, hook, and Dine with splitring to hook designed with the hook eye inline with the hook. I selected the 2/0 size, but thats just MPO.
I don't notice any decrease in hook up ratio or loss of action with either of these lures. I do notice that I catch less floating grass on the Spook though. I also know a couple people who use circle hooks that seem to work for them as well.
I used the Owner Gorilla hooks on the Spook because I toss it in shark infested flats and wanted a heavier duty hook, but I also have used the lighter Owner Fly Liner hooks as well.
As usual please ignore spelling & gramer errors, and the smelly t-shirt rag.