Hook Keeper Fishing Tips
Not all rods come with a hook eyelet down near the reel seat for you to secure your hook or lure when it’s not in the water. That leaves you with very few options.
You can place the hook in one of the guides and reel in the slack, or hook it to the lower portion of the guide so you don’t damage the ceramic guide ring. You can also attach the hook to the reel itself, but that’s usually not a good idea. It might come out while the boat is running or snag a finger.
The best thing to do is to make a safe place to secure the hook that you won’t have to worry about. A safe spot where the hook will stay in place even during running. I came up with a simple solution to create a hook keeper on any outfit using a cable zip tie that comes with an eye right on the cable tie meant for a screw. This eye provides a great spot to attach your hook.
To secure the cable tie, just zip it around the reel seat. Trim the tag end as close as you can, and use some care so you don’t leave a sharp end. Now place your lure or hook here to secure it when it’s not in the water.