Off shore on a 2 day and kept loosing bait, could not keep one on the hook.
Then I started looking at the barb on my 2/0 Owner and could not belive how small it was. I immediately switched back to my Eagle Claw 118MFG's and the problem stopped. After that day I went home and acutally and put a micormeter on the barb. The owner barb was protruding about half the distance of the Eagle Claw. I also like the Mustad 94150's
After that I started looking closely at the barbs of all the 2/0's I was
considering buying. The Mustad's , Eagle Claw's, Gamahatsu's and any other
brand that I looked at all had much better barbs then the Owner's. That was it, I trashed all the Owner's I had left. I could not keep my concience clear if I gave them to another off shore mate. The owner's will also cut an over sized hole upon penetration, take a look at the point it has side protrusions that cut a wider hole when penetrating making it easier to shake
the hook out due the the undersized barb.
As a side note on hook sharpness: Almost all hooks are adequately sharp out of the box some are just more adequate then others. Some times you have to hit them with a stone or file to get that fine point and that includes owner hooks.
Now if you really want sharp hooks take your hook and lightly drag it over
your thumb nail. If it just slides over it and does not stick your hook is
adequately sharp but not optimally sharp. That hook should stick in you
nail with no downward pressure. To get that perfect stick anything point
on your hook you have to sharpen them yourself.
The link below will take you to the promised land.
It's pricy I know, but my wonderful wife got
it for me as a birthday present. Texas Tackle Home Page
Check out the link showing the microscopic pics of hook points.
I know a lot of you guys are very skilled with a stone or a file but if
you are a klutz like me this tool works wonders. I love it.