Considering that the majority of crankbaits and hardbaits we fish in saltwater were originally designed to be used to target freshwater species, it’s no surprise that their hardware just doesn’t last.
Be it a missing treble from a hooked calico trying to rub the bait off on the rocks, or a tuna bending a hook during the fight, or even just getting rusty from saltwater exposure, sooner or later you’re going to need to change your hooks. The good news about that is that you can upgrade your hooks at the same time.
There are several brands of treble hooks on the market, like the Owner Stinger Treble, that allow you to beef up your hooks. These come in ratings of 2X, 3X, and 4X strong allowing you to choose the right hook for the application of the lure you’re rigging. While you’re changing hooks, remember to upgrade your split ring as well, including the split ring used to tie your lure to the line.
Changing hooks out can give you the peace of mind that the next big fish you hook is likely to make it into the boat.
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