The hooks must be good

After buying a wobbler or a spinner, it turns out very often, that these lures are armed with the wrong hooks. This leads to a loss of many bites. To prevent this, you should immediately replace the anchor with a better one.
Artificial lures, and mainly wobblers, they are expensive. So I am extremely surprised by the fact, that so many companies equip their expensive products with inappropriate or poor quality hooks. The list of shortcomings is very long.

1. Anchors (mainly rear) they are just too small. It happens often, that the lure is much wider than the spacing of the treble tips. A hook that is too small is the cause of empty bites, and if by some miracle it sticks into the mouth of a predator, this fish is hooked very poorly. It probably looks like this underwater: the fish catches a thick wobbler from the back, and at the time of jam, the angler takes the bait and the grappling hook from its mouth.

2. Very often, trebles attached to artificial bait are so soft, that they bend even with stronger line tension. Bending trebles are the most common cause of losing large fish on skid landing, when the almost defeated prey breaks free and tugs with the last of its strength.

3. The hooks made of soft material become dull quickly, if they were ever sharp at all. They hardly ever stick into the hard part of the fish's mouth. This mainly applies to "white", galvanized anchors, which are so willing to bend on any hooks. Attempts to straighten a bent treble usually end in breaking the tip.

Thick wire worsens work.

4. It is practically impossible to properly sharpen a heavy wire hook. Otherwise, if the wobbler is armed with such hooks, it not only degrades the performance of the lure, but also reduce the chance of a successful jam.

5. Many treble hooks rust, even these, which are sold as "suitable."” for fishing in salt sea water. I hope, that these were sufficient arguments, to convince you of the advisability of replacing trebles in some artificial lures. I do it right after I buy the bait, because later I could forget about it. First, however, I had to find out for myself. Once, right after I bought it, I threw a wobbler for fishing from the sea coast into the bait box (see photo on the previous two pages), postponing the exchange, definitely too small hook, for later. In the evening I started fishing with this bait. On the first attempt to land the big sea trout, the wobbler popped out of its mouth. I only had time to notice, that the sea trout was fastened with one hook only by the "skin" of its mouth. From the moment, when I armed this wobbler with a larger hook, not a single fish has snapped from it yet.

Vanadium is the best

I consider, that if you already replace the anchors, it's only for the best, that is, on the hooks made of vanadium steel (an alloy of iron and vanadium). Vanadium is gray, highly resistant metal, while vanadium steel is characterized by high hardness, elasticity and resistance to bending. Before vanadium steel was used for the first time in the production of hooks and trebles, it was used to produce various specialized devices for space research. The French company VMC covers its vanadium trebles (hooks) special red paint. They are so sharp, that they “stick to each other” (the mouth of the fish in particular). After pouring such hooks out of the box into your hand, you get an impression, that there is a microscopic droplet of instant glue on each blade, because they do not glide over the skin at all and with the slightest movement they immediately stick into it.

Always sharp

Due to the extreme hardness of vanadium steel, Hooks and trebles made of it are always sharp. The arms of the vanadium anchors are extremely thin, however, they only bend with extreme force, many times greater, than the "force" acting on the hook when hauling the fish. Vanadium steel is also absolutely seawater resistant. I always arm the lure with such a hook, that it would have a greater spacing of the tips by 1-2 mm from width (diameter) artificial bait at its widest point. When fishing with small wobblers do 7 cm in length, I usually give up the front hook, and the rear one is replaced with a larger vanadium steel hook. It certainly won't pop out of the fish's mouth, who will crave a little bait. Besides, I injure undersized fish much less often; with two small ones (normal) hooks, one of them is usually stuck somewhere deep in the fish's mouth, the other hooks from the outside. The larger vanadium hook is also easier to hook out of the fish's mouth.

Red is game

In the case of larger lures, I usually leave the small front hook unchanged, while I change the back to a larger red vanadium. You may or may not believe in the additional "catchability" of the hook due to its red color. However, please pay attention, that many spoons and centrifuges are sold with pre-mounted red plastic mattings on the hook or with red woolen lures attached to the back (błystki mepps, mórrum). Finally, a practical piece of advice: if you increase the "gap" between the "long" wobbler and treble hook, you will lose much less fish during the haul. So fasten the red vanadium hook not just for one reason, but through two split rings.