In a phrase: Probably not sharp enough!
When You Open a New Box of Hooks
When I was a kid, a new box of hooks meant something: every shiny hook was razor-sharp and ready to go! I don’t find that necessarily true today.
I’ve even had a sales clerk tell me (with a straight face) that the new hook “is ready for you to apply the sharpness you want for your situation.” (This is fancy double-talk for: Here are the hooks, you make them usable.)
If your hook is dull, you are going to lose fish. Also, it’s easy to drag your hook over a rock and grind away the edge.
Look at this photo. Although it is hard to see, there is an area between the point and the barb that should be beveled. Also, the point AND barb should be sharp.
Fortunately there is a way to correct this problem. Most sporting goods stores sell a hook sharpener.
I found a site with instructions and photos. Go to http://fishing.about.com/od/basicfishinginstruction/ss/Sharpen_Hooks.htm for info on sharpening hooks.
It seems that any quality file will work — the author (above) even suggests taking an emery board fishing for emergency repairs.
Expect to sharpen all hooks, even new ones.
Vary the coarseness of the grit for different hooks:
- coarse grit for large trebles,
- medium grit for average-sized hooks and
- small hooks need a finer grit.
Expect to change your hooks often. With use, hooks get brittle and fail just when you need them to snag and keep the fish.
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