They keep fish pegged, stay sharp, are strong, and allow me to upsize my hooks without them tangling each other and fouling.
Something about the angle of the hook point, pointing more toward the split ring, seems to provide a more direct pull, and less chance for the fish to throw them. Plus when they eat the belly hook, the tail hook still swings around and grabs them again most of the time. I even find that to be true on jerkbaits.
I'm sure other brands of EWG triple grip short shank trebles are also fine, and will do the same job. I just started with Mustads when they first came out, and they have performed for me, so I never felt the need to switch.
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Welcome to the forum!!!cubs23 wrote:I recently started changing my hooks on the smaller square bills I use to a higher quality wider gapped hook but I'm still having issues losing fish from time to time. Should I go to a larger hook? I have been apprehensive about doing this because of fear of the bait losing some of it's action. Thoughts?
What type of line and also what type of rod are you using? Are you losing the fish close to the boat or, shortly after hookset?
I have found that the reason most treble hook fish are lost is because the hooks never penetrate the fish's jaw. Since I switched to 30 lb braid, with a direct tie, I don't lose fish.cubs23 wrote:Thanks! I usually lose them shortly after hook set. I use 10lb. mono. I just recently received a couple of cb glass rods in the mail (st. croix & dobyns) so I haven't had a chance to try them out yet. Hopefully that's the problem. I was using a med. action graphite rod.
I do, however, have hooks open occasionally when I'm unhooking the fish, especially with jerkbaits. That's why using strong trebles is so important.
I just fished a brand new KVD deep jerkbait all day in a tournament, and caught probably 20 fish on it. I had left the stock hooks on, because the description said, " Fitted with three razor-sharp trebles". The hooks were sharp, but not strong enough. I Just replaced them with #4 Mustad KVD EWG triple grip short shank trebles, like I should have before the tournament.
As mentioned earlier, your equipment system has to be right too. Throw all you have read out the door and start experimenting with what you have. Try different setups with your stuff. If you can't come up with a cofiguration that works then ask yourself what it is that is wrong and start buying equipment that suits you...not someone else. Eventually you will have your own system and you can just forget that part of the equation just like Fritts did. Remember....David built his name and won a Classic on a $34 Browning Sileflex rod.