Everyone has a certain technique that gives them confidence when fishing for big bass, and my confidence happens to come from flipping and pitching big, bulky creature baits. Hook preference is something that greatly varies among anglers, but there’s one type I’m nuts about.
I’ve used Gamakatsu Offset EWG Worm Hooks for many years and they’ve been responsible for a great deal of my bigger fish. There are 4 specific elements that make this hook a must-have for your terminal tackle box.
• Ideal for thick baits
• Hook point in-line with eye
• Rust resistant
• Stays sharp
A great selection for thicker soft plastics
Gamakatsu Offset EWG Worm Hooks have a wider, more aggressive bend than standard round bend offset hooks, which makes them an outstanding selection for bulky soft plastics. Between the shank and the hook point, you’ll notice extra space—this lets thick baits collapse easier, therefore increasing hook penetration.
I’ve had a lot of success using the Gamakatsu Offset EWG Worm Hooks on baits such as the Strike King Rage Tail Shellcracker, Berkley Havoc Scott Suggs’ Rocket Craw, Yum F2 Dinger and a 12-inch Mann’s Jelly Worm.
Hook point is in-line with the eye
These hooks were designed with the hook point in-line with the eye of the hook. Because of this, when you set the hook on a big bass, you’re achieving a more direct line pull to the point of the hook. As a result, the point is more apt to totally penetrate your bait and drive deep into the mouth of the bass.
As we all know, the deeper you can drive your hook point into the mouth of the bass, the better chance you have of successfully landing the fish.
Very rust resistant
With some hooks, it’s nearly impossible to reuse them. For whatever reason, once they get wet, they’re more likely to rust and become dull. Fortunately, the Gamakatsu Offset EWG Worm Hooks don’t have this problem. I’ve left them in the bottom of my boat and re-used them days later after rainstorms with no loss in sharpness or structural integrity.
If you’re switching baits and need to change hook sizes, don’t worry about putting these hooks back into your tackle trays. Unless stored in a wet environment, you’ll be able to reuse the.
The Gamakatsu Offset EWG Worm Hooks hold up extremely well to multiple fish catches and even hang-ups. I’ve had them snagged in countless brush piles and ultra-thick vegetation, and they remain razor-sharp. Like almost any other hook, they will dull quicker when fishing around deep rock piles or other areas with a hard bottom composition, but that’s just the nature of a bass hook.
If you’re big into casting, flipping or pitching thick, bulky soft plastic baits, give the Gamakatsu Offset EWG Worm Hook a shot. Starting at $3.49 per 6-pack, I’ve been using them for years and they haven’t let me down.